XENIA — The Greene County Media Room was bustling with activity Friday morning and afternoon as county residents collected picked out donations from a local school clothing and supplies giveaway. Event organizers estimated that 450-500 people were served a semi load of free supplies.
The event was a collaboration between United Way of the Greater Dayton Area and the Community Action Partnership. The two organizations received donations from a variety of community groups, businesses, governments and individuals, and in turn gave those items away to anyone in need.
“It’s an example of how the community comes together to solve a problem,” said Mary Gillis, director of the Greene County branch of the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area. “What we’re about is solving problems and creating lasting change. The community has really come together.”
Those contributing time and items to the event included CareSource, Soin Medical Center, Greene Memorial Hospital, Wal-Mart, Xenia Adult Recreation & Services Center, the City of Beavercreek, the Beavercreek and Xenia Chambers of Commerce, the Greene County Council on Aging, Athletes in Action, Beavercreek Baptist Church, the Beavercreek CWA and FOP organizations, and others.
John Bennett, spokesman for Community Action Partnership, said the group is grateful to all the groups who donated items for the giveaway.
“We had a great turnout of donations and a great turnout of people,” he said.
“We have to invest in the best assets we have and that’s our children,” Gillis said. “By us making sure they have adequate supplies and clothing, we can get them excited about going to school.”
Nathan Pilling is a reporter who covers Greene County agencies and organizations. You can find him on Twitter at @XDGNatePilling or you can call him at 937-502-4498.