DAYTON — Being kind to neighbors has been a consistent theme reported since the mass shooting in Dayton’s historic Oregon District.
Now, it’s also a literal message three Virginia women are sharing. The women sent three handmade wooden signs to the newsroom, saying they hope their message — Be Kind — would help the community healing process.
“Dayton Strong,” “Hug Somebody,” even a sign to thank Dayton police. There are signs all along the Oregon District showing support after the tragedy that unfolded near Ned Peppers.
“This is just an added layer of people from, obviously from Virginia, and other places across the United States that have shown their love to Dayton,” Melissa Rodriguez of Dayton said.
News Center 7 took one of the signs to Ned Peppers, which accepted it and said they’d put it somewhere for people to see.
News Center 7 left another sign for Heart Mercantile, and they immediately put it up.
“We’ve had tons of support from all over as well. Cards, emails, snacks and drinks. Just people stopping in to see if we need anything,” said Kait Gilcher of Heart Mercantile. “Things like this keep happening and it’s really nice to receive them.”
Each “Be Kind” sign had a note attached:
News Center 7 placed the last of the three signs at the memorial in front of Ned Peppers, in hopes the simple words, be kind, can help people through the healing process.