Meghan Porter and daughter Gemma,6, of Beavercreek stand in front of a damaged apartment complex. Porter said her childhood home in Beavercreek was destroyed. BILL LACKEY/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Bill Lackey
Photo: Bill Lackey

Toys are needed for children displaced by tornadoes. Here’s how you can help

UPDATE: Due to overwhelming support Dayton Inspires is no longer accepting toy donations.

A Dayton organization needs toy donations for children affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes. 

Dayton Inspires, a grass roots community alliance, will deliver toys, popsicles and ice cream on Monday, June 17 to shelters housing families displaced by the violent weather. 

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“Dayton Inspires is hosting this toy drive so that kids affected by the storm can have something to take their mind off this tragedy and have some fun and restore a sense of normalcy back to their lives,” said Matthew Sliver, the director of Dayton Inspires, in a release. “We’d like to thank the community in advance for all of their love and support with this initiative.” 

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The toy drive is hosted by Dayton Inspires, Heart Mercantile, The Living City Project and Idea Collective. The groups are requesting donations of new toys for boys and girls ages 3 to 17

 “Losing your home and toys are hard things for kids to understand and if we can help facilitate joy, we are all in.” Carly Barrett, owner of Heart Mercantile, said in a release. 

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Toy donations can be delivered to these locations: 

Hopeland Church, 6025 Miller Lane, Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Catapult Creative, in the lobby at 10 N. Ludlow, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Heart Mercantile, 438 E. Fifth St., Monday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Toys can be dropped off in the alley behind the building.

American Legion hall, 27 S. Meadow Drive, Trotwood, 3-5 p.m. June 13. There will be a cookout as well. Toys can be dropped off anytime before then.

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