In the two weeks since the tornado devastated areas of Wood and Ottawa county, individuals, businesses and organizations continue to look for ways to reach out and help the victims of the twister.
In the past week, fundraisers of all kinds – everything from garage sales, barbecues and dart tournaments – have been held throughout the region, and plans call for more efforts in the weeks ahead.
There are also several Facebook pages devoted to helping local tornado victims, along with a page devoted to nominate Lake High School for the TV show, “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition” (search Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Lake High School).
Here is a sampling of ways to help:
Fremont Federal Credit Union is accepting monetary donations to aid tornado victims. Donations may be made at any of our three Fremont office locations: 315 Croghan St., 2374 W. State St.; 1457 E. State St., or at the Woodville office location at 801 W. Main St. Call 419-334-4434 for more information.
GenoaBank has established funds to accept donations to help local tornado victims. Cash donations and checks will be accepted at all six locations of the bank and should be made payable to the American Red Cross with “Tornado Disaster Relief” in the memo line.
Genoa has branches in Millbury, Elmore, Oregon, Crossroads (Rossford), Maumee and its main office located in Genoa. Donations may be sent to Genoa Bank, P.O. Box 98, Genoa, OH, 43430.
Garage & bake sale
Yeeha’s Bucking Bar & Grill, 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon, will host a benefit concert to raise funds for those affected by the recent tornadoes June 19 from 1 to 9 p.m.
The concert, being planned in conjunction with the City of Oregon, will include seven bands. The event will include beer and concession sales.
“We asked some of our bands and equipment companies if they had any interest in donating time or equipment to put an event like this together, and without surprise, everyone asked volunteered their professional services at no cost to participate in the event,” said Robert Johnson, Yeeha’s proprietor. “Immediately, we spoke with Mayor Mike Seferian and Ohio Department of Liquor Control to see how quickly we could coordinate an event of this magnitude.
“Both the city and Department of Liquor Control were compassionately willing to help put it together,” Johnson said.
All proceeds raised will be directed to a newly formed non-profit organization, NW Ohio Tornado Victims Association.
Disaster relief supply drive
Owens Community College students are holding a Disaster Relief Supply Drive through June 28.
Items being collected include bottled water, non-perishable food, antibacterial wipes, baby care supplies, cleaning supplies (dust masks, gloves and goggles), sunblock, new socks, brooms and dust pans, large trash bags, laundry baskets, rope, and plastic utensils and cups, among other supplies.
Collection points are located throughout the campus, including the Student Health and Activities Center, College Hall Bookstore, College Hall Fireside Grill, the Library, Administration Hall, Center for Fine and Performing Arts and the Transportation Technologies Center.
At the conclusion of the supply drive, all disaster relief items will be donated to the Mainstreet Church in Walbridge for distribution.
Monetary donations are being accepted through Mainstreet Church, which is helping directly in the caring for those affected by the tornado devastation. For more information or to make a donation, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7583.
Project: Rebuild, a Lake Township Fundraiser will be held June 26 at 6 p.m. at Sunrise Park & Banquet Center, 1460 Woodville Rd., Millbury.
Dinner will be provided by Carolyn’s Personalized Catering. Music and entertainment will be provided by DJ Jimmy B of Sea of Music and The Blue Kazoo.
Tickets are $25 and are available at Genoa Bank at the Millbury and Genoa locations, The State Bank in Walbridge and at Tim Horton’s on Buck Road.
All proceeds will benefit Lake Township tornado victims and Lake Local Schools.
Pins & Pizza fundraiser
Interstate Lanes in Rossford will hold “Pizza and Pins for Tornado Relief” June 25 from 6 to 10 p.m.
For a $10 donation, participants will enjoy three games of bowling, including shoes. Johnny P’s extra-large pizzas will also be available for $10. There will also be music, a DJ, door prizes and raffles.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the bowling and pizza will go to the Disaster Relief Fund.
Lucas Co. donates vehicle
With the help and support of Sheriff James Telb, Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak will introduce a resolution to donate two surplus sheriff’s vehicles to the Lake Township Police Department.
“From the moment it happened, Lucas County has been looking for any way possible to help our neighbors to the east and south recover from this devastating event,” Wozniak said. “These surplus vehicles will help Lake Township replace vehicles that were destroyed and recover that much faster.”
Both vehicles are Ford Crown Victorias that had been used by the Lucas County Sheriff’s office before being de-commissioned earlier this year due to budget cuts. This vehicle transfer is similar to other transfers among local governments, including a similar transfer to Meigs and Lawrence Counties in 2009.
“In addition to the ongoing assistance that our Emergency Management Agency has provided to the devastated regions, we hope this small gesture will help keep Lake Township residents safe as they put their lives back together,” Wozniak said.
Lutheran Disaster Response
In the wake of the recent tornado that ripped through Northwest Ohio, Lutheran Disaster Response Ohio is offering spiritual and emotional care at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1930 Bradner Rd., Northwood.
LDR Ohio-trained spiritual care providers will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the week for anyone affected by the tragedy.
“The storm and its aftermath have put a severe strain on countless residents and we want to help them cope with their emotions,” said LDR Ohio Coordinator Mary Woodward. “We are offering a peaceful haven for every resident, whether a person needs someone to talk to or is looking for a calm environment to process his or her feelings.”
T-shirts benefit Lake athletics
Lake High School alumnus Roy Hutcheison has designed T-shirts in the theme of the 2010 Lake High School class motto. The shirts feature: “Remember yesterday” – Lake High School; :Live for Today” – A community comes together; “Dream for tomorrow” – We won't be stopped; 6/5/2010; “We Will Fly On.” They are available for $10 for sizes S-XL and $11 for XXL. Proceeds from shirt sales will benefit the Lake athletic department. Call Hutcheison at 419-343-1526 to inquire about shirts.
Bike & book giveaway
Team up with family, friends, and co-workers to donate new or “very gently used” bicycles and kids books.
A Millbury family directly affected by the tornado on June 5, along with many friends new and old, are asking for bikes, bike accessories like helmets, pads etc, and kid appropriate books to be donated for this worthy cause.
Drop off bikes and books at Stormin’ Norman’s Trading Post located in the Great Eastern Shopping Center off of Woodville Rd. in Northwood June 19 and June 26 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Concert fundraiser being planned
A benefit for the Lake Township Relief Fund, which aids Wood and Ottawa county tornado victims, is being planned for July 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Toledo Executive Airport (formerly Metcalf Field), 28331 Lemoyne Rd., Millbury.
An opening ceremony/memorial service will be held at 11:15 a.m. Several performers are scheduled in an outdoor concert, including Frankie May, Bobby May, Ron Raspberry and Resonant Soul, among others.
Radio DJ Johnny D will be the emcee for the event, which will also include food, pop and beer, kids’ activities, raffles and more.
The requested donation is $5 (max $20 per family). One hundred percent of donations will go to tornado victims.
“We are asking for donations from individuals and businesses,” said Teri Michalak, of Cupid’s Closet, chairman of the event. “This is our ‘Ground Zero,’ between the high school and the police department.
“Please join us and help our community heal,” she said.
Donations are being accepted at State Bank, Walbridge, or Cupid’s Closet, 510 Commerce Park, Northwood.