VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Hopeland Church in Vandalia is acting as a donations drop off site this week for people to give whatever they can to help those impacted by the Kentucky tornadoes this past weekend.

Simple Street Ministry Pastor Joel Burton told 2 NEWS when he woke up on Saturday and heard about the destruction in Kentucky he knew something needed to be done. “What we started to do is just put together a simple text to give phone number so we can get some finances taken down there for them, as well as collecting supplies and donations to take down there,” said Burton.

Due to space limits in the trucks which will be delivering the donations, Burton is discouraging anyone from donating cases of water. However, many other supplies are needed. “Hygiene products, cleaning supplies, baby formula, diapers, baby and adult diapers, first aid kits. General basic needs.”

Burton says the tornado damage in Kentucky also hits home, due to the destruction the Miami Valley faced during the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes. “It wrecked our city. People from all over the country came, and began to help us pick up our pieces. I feel like that’s the best thing we could do. You know, we’re all in this together.”

As a man of God, Burton says that even during these dark and difficult times, he hopes that Kentuckians don’t lose their faith. “When we don’t have enough within us, what we do have is to give it to somebody else, to serve another person. To hold on through one more night one more day. To see how things begin to turn around.”

Residents who dropped off donations Monday night said they wanted to help out as much as possible because they remembered 2019’s Memorial Day tornados that devastated the Miami Valley.

“They just lost everything, my heart just goes out to them,” said Vandalia Resident Cindy Grady. “So many people came to help us when we had our own tornados in the Dayton area so it’s the least we can do, especially around this time of year.”

Grady says her heart goes out to Kentucky families knowing first hand the disaster they’re facing.

New Carlisle Resident Mari-lee Cox says a local grocery store sold her products half off after learning she was donating them to Simple Street Ministry.

“I can only imagine what it’s like to literally lose everything in a drop of a minute,” said Cox. “Just lose it all overnight, let alone think of losing a loved one.”

Donations can be dropped off at Hopeland Church Monday through Friday this week from 5 to 9 p.m. each day. Monetary donations are also welcome. Burton says the goal is to deliver the donations early next week.

Other donation locations are:

  • Harrison Township fire department, 9 am – 7 pm  Tuesday & Wednesday 
  • New City Church, 3 pm – 7 pm  Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Gateway Cathedral, 5501 Olive Rd. 10am-2pm Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

Accepting donations of :

  • Baby Formula
  • Blankets
  • Sweats -All Sizes 
  • Socks
  • Underwear- Sports Bras
  • Food for workers, Meals, Sack lunches
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Bungee Straps
  • Duct Tape
  • Kids Gloves/Hats
  • Towels/ Wash Cloths
  •  Candles
  • Matches
  • Lighters

Click here for more information to donate.