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Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 @ 11:00 AM
— A group of Oregon District business women rolled up their sleeves and rolled out some T-shirts in support of those trying to rebuild their lives after the tornadoes.
The owners of Heart Mercantile, 438 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District, raised nearly $5,200 for tornado survivors mostly through the sale of Dayton Strong T-shirts and mugs.
“We have amazing patrons who, through supporting the shops, have given us a platform to raise awareness when we need to,” Heart co-owner Kait Gilcher told this news organization.
The money was split between two Dayton-based nonprofits, House of Bread and The Foodbank.
The House of Bread serves hot, nutritious, lunchtime meals to those in need daily.
The Foodbank provides supplies for more than 100 member food pantries, community kitchens and shelters that serve as the charitable hunger relief network in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties.
The Dayton area was hit by 15 tornadoes in the later hours of Memorial Day 2019.
The owners of Heart, a business with ties to nearby beck + call and Luna Gifts & Botanical, were also part of the grassroots effort that helped in the days after the tornadoes.
In June, Gilcher and fellow Heart’s owners Carly Short, Amanda Hensler and Brittany Smith donated $5,191.78 to the YWCA Dayton from the sale of of anti-racism T-shirts featuring the ‘f word.’
The store’s sale was in response to a rally on Courthouse Square about a week before the tornadoes organized by a group affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan.
With the sale of Dayton Pride T-shirts, Heart raised $1,245 for the the Rubi Girls, a Dayton-based comedy drag troupe that has raised millions for local nonprofits.