Volunteers repair landscape damaged by Memorial Day tornadoes

MIAMI VALLEY — Keep America Beautiful is bringing its RETREET program back for another round of planting today, April 30.

The organization is the nation’s largest community improvement nonprofit and has already planted 95 trees in Sinclair Park and some homes.

The event begin at 9:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church on Westbrook Road in Brookville, according to the organization’s website.

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The group moved west to east along the path of the EF4 tornado, starting in Brookville, then headed east to Clayton, Perry Twp., and then Trotwood.

The application process is free, and you can apply by visiting www.retreet.org/mvtc.

Today was an AMAZING day! I can’t put into words how fun and rewarding it was to plant more than a dozen trees...

Posted by Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs on Saturday, April 30, 2022

Rap Hankins, who is a resident of Trotwood, said his home was devastated by the tornado outbreak on Memorial Day 2019.

“What RETREET is doing and what the Dayton Foundation is doing and all those have who have funded these efforts are doing, they’re actually bringing normality back to our region and they’re helping us heal for every tree that is planted,” Hankins said.