TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – As the City of Trotwood continues to rebuild following the Memorial Day tornado outbreak, the Trotwood Disaster Relief Fund received its first corporate donation.
African Pride, a part of the Strength of Nature hair products company, donated $10,000 to the fund.
The donation was announced at the Gospel Superfest in downtown Dayton, with Mayor Mary McDonald and relief fund chair Jeff Rezabek accepting the check in a ceremony at the event.
The fund, according to the city, will allow Trotwood residents who have been affected by the tornado to rebuild their lives in Trotwood.
“It’s going to take a moment but we want our people to come back. We need our community to continue to grow at the rate it was growing before and we believe its going to happen. There’s just such a wonderful community of people who live here. Not only the people that live here but the volunteers that came here,” McDonald said.
Through an application process, each household can be eligible to receive a voucher of up to $1,000 to purchase items that will get their original lifestyles back. The money can be used to buy furniture, kitchen appliances or other household items.
Before Trotwood Disaster Relief Fund money can be used, however, residents are required to engage with the state and federal emergency management programs, Ohio EMA and FEMA. A proof of residence will also be required. Mayor McDonald said the fund is meant to fill in the gaps after those sources of aid are used.
Contributions to the Trotwood Disaster Relief Fund continue to be accepted at any Fifth Third Bank branch or at the Trotwood Government Center.