Northridge Wesleyan Church members, neighbors and friends pray in Harrison Twp. on Neff Road Sunday morning after a church service in the parking lot. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees

Northridge to pause this weekend to celebrate tornado survivors, volunteers and community

As Dayton continues its relief efforts after the Memorial Day tornadoes, Northridge will pause to show support and love for victims and volunteers with a block party this Saturday.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New City Church Blast Center. The event will include food and live music. But the real highlight will be hearing the testimonies of those who were affected by the tornadoes and seeing the community encourage and help those who have experienced loss, organizers say.

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“We wanted to do something normal and fun,” said Pastor Chris Reese. “We want the folks who have been affected by the tornadoes to take a break and enjoy some normal fun things.”

Guest speakers, drawings and giveaways are also scheduled. Bottled water that has been donated over the week to the church will also be given out during this event. 

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New City Church wants everyone to come out and show support for the Northridge community. They also want those who have contributed to relief efforts and cleanup to be a part of this “unforgettable and uplifting” event. 

“I have seen this community pull together and help each other out so much,” Reese said. “We love the 45414 community that God has called us to.”

The church has had volunteers throughout the week giving out food, water, ice, hygiene supplies and more. Now, they want everyone to enjoy a day of rest and fun.

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WANT TO GO?

When: Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: New City Church Blast Center, 2437 Ontario Avenue, Dayton

Cost: Free

Info: Facebook

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