CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County have launched a joint effort to collect emergency supplies for tornado victims in Clermont County.
The donation drive is the brain child of Hamilton County Commission Chair Greg Hartman. "This effort today represents that we want to pitch in and help out our fellow citizens that are rebuilding their lives," he said.
Donations are being collected at City Hall, all Cincinnati Police district stations, the Sheriff's Department and the County Building.
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory says the need is great. "What I want to make sure of is that we're getting as many supplies to as many people as possible. In a situation like this there cannot be too much help," he said.
Joodi Archer with the charitable group Matthew 25 says the storm victims will need help for a long time. "It's not just a question of size, although the size and the impact of these tornadoes has been quite astonishing and almost very difficult to comprehend, it's a question of ongoing need. The height of the news interest in this has already begun to pass...the need still remains."
Archer says people are being asked to donate things like non-perishable food, personal care items and baby supplies to help the storm victims get through each day. "Even though we live in a country where fortunately we have so many safety nets, insurance and FEMA and so many organizations that will be helping the people to rebuild....they are still going to be homeless or reconstructing their lives for months if not years to come."
The donation drive has been extended through the end of the week.