Vandalia disaster relief team providing aid across the US

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The last few months in the disaster relief community have been trying, with hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding destroying communities. 

Still, the Miami Valley is there to extend a hand to the people who need it most. 

“I’ve got to give the credit to God. Because I don’t think we could do this on our own. We have been really, really busy,” said Laura Cremeans, the Co-Director of the Church of Christ Disaster Relief Team. 

Flood waters in Nebraska have caused more than $440 million in infrastructure damage, not to mention, an additional $800 million in both crop and cow losses. 

Waters are still high, so the Church of Christ team is setting up shop, waiting like everyone else. 

“We have set up a relief center and a distribution center in Bellevue, Nebraska, and we are in the process today (Monday) of setting one up in Fremont,” said Cremeans. 

Because Nebraska relies heavily on agriculture, the families impacted are calling for agriculture-based donations. 

“We have put up a plea for hay. We are hoping for hay to be donated and people to transport it to Nebraska,” said Cremeans. 

If you would like to contact the team to help, click here

While the team in Nebraska waits, others are helping people in Alabama and Panama City. It’s that feeling of being there at the worst time and staying for the rebuild, that keeps the volunteers going. 

“That is the best part. We are able to give them hope. They can actually see it. They can actually see they will have a home to live in. Whereas in the beginning they don’t think they will ever have a place to stay,” said Cremeans. 

Northwestern High School in Clark County is also collecting donations for Nebraska. They can be dropped off behind the high school at the agriculture building. 

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