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Dayton Pulls Together: Temporary Tornado-Shelter Residents Support Each Other

Tomiko Brown is staying at a temporary Red Cross shelter inside the Corinthian Baptist Church in Dayton.
George Drake Jr.
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WYSO
Tomiko Brown is staying at a temporary Red Cross shelter inside the Corinthian Baptist Church in Dayton.

The Red Cross, Salvation Army and other organizations continue to assist Miami Valley residents affected or displaced by Monday’s tornadoes.

Emergency officials are asking for cash donations to help storm victims get back on their feet. Other urgent needs include underwear, socks, pillows, blankets and toiletries for the dozens of people still sleeping at emergency shelters.

For WYSO News, Community Voices Producer George Drake Jr. recorded the scene at one such shelter, located inside Corinthian Baptist Church in Dayton. There, he found many shelter residents were making the best of their difficult circumstances.

The audio montage includes the voices of:

SHAVELLA WOODS: This is something that you only see on TV and even still yet, seeing it on TV is […] you don’t believe it until you’re actually put in that situation.

A truckload of shoes arrives at Corinthian Baptist Church, ready for donation to people affected by the recent tornadoes.A truckload of shoes arrives at Corinthian Baptist Church, ready for donation to people affected by the recent tornadoes.
Credit George Drake, Jr. / WYSO

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ARIEL MACK: Um, as far as the food, as far as, you know, just making sure that we’re comfortable with food, and you know, shoes, and, you know, blankets, drinks, all of that.

TOMIKO BROWN: I just got blessed, you know, with some shoes and they make us feel safe and… and I’m thankful for that.

SHAVELLA WOODS: The main thing is that we have a roof over our head and we are eating (she laughs). So, they even provided milk for my 6-month old, so, I’m just at awe right now.

ARIEL MACK: You know, talking about our experiences and everything that’s going on or what happened. Um, it’s been a lot of help for us.

BRANDIE IVERY: We all here to help each other out. Dayton is pulling together. And that’s great. That’s real great.