A list of celebrities that includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Mulaney, John Legend, Ben Stiller, Nick Mangold, Jimmy Kimmel and Judd Apatow have joined the fight to feed local residents in the wake of the devastating Memorial Day tornadoes.
Rob Lowe says that donations will be collected in the lobby of his show this Sunday, June 2, at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.
>> Rob Lowe to help raise money for Dayton tornado relief at his local show this weekend
On Thursday, Miranda, the creator of the Broadway sensation "Hamilton," and Apatow, a director and producer known for a list of comedies that include "The 40-year-old Virgin" and "Knocked Up," accepted a donation challenge from comedian Mike Birbiglia in support of the Foodbank of Dayton.
Thanks for replies on how to help tornado victims in #Ohio! So many great organizations helping out.— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) May 30, 2019
Just gave $1k to Dayton Food Bank. (@thefoodbankinc) $1k goes a long way. $1k = 6000 meals.https://t.co/r8WyGgwvfE
Who will match this? RTing donations!! pic.twitter.com/XJojJ1Vzwc
It didn't take long for a long list of other celebrities to join the cause including hometown celebrities John Legend, Beth Stelling and Nick Mangold, as well as John Mulaney, Ben Stiller, Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, Pete Holmes, Jack Antonoff, Patton Oswalt and Greg Warren.
Michelle L. Riley, CEO of The Foodbank, said Friday: “We are thrilled, in less than 24 hours, over $55K has been donated, so much of this is thanks to Mike Birbiglia encouraging other celebrities and the Twitter community across the country to support our disaster relief efforts. Recovery will be long term in the Miami Valley and we are grateful for all the support. In times like these, there are hundreds of local nonprofits doing great work to help our neighbors in need. Mike could have chosen any of them and the donation would be well received. We are humbled and grateful that he chose this platform and our Foodbank. Saying thank you does not seem to convey our appreciation.”
>> Hometown celebrities, teams show their support for the Dayton community on social media
>> Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund established to help those affected by tornadoes
Thanks for the heads up. Thank you for doing this for my hometown @birbigs. pic.twitter.com/w4gxhRJP9s— Nick Mangold (@nickmangold) May 31, 2019
These people matched my $1k donation to the Dayton Food Bank!!@MarkDuplass @mulaney @jimmykimmel @mollymcnearney @SalVulcano @Lin_Manuel @RedHourBen @tommyjohnagin @ZooeyDeschanel @goldman @JuddApatow @peteholmes @briankoppelman @JamieDunlop22— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) May 31, 2019
Who else is in? #DaytonDonations
here you go @birbigs - you’re a the best for telling me about that. love you— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) May 31, 2019
donate here - https://t.co/KwDHQW7DZQ#DaytonDonations pic.twitter.com/xUacC69kXD
Well, if @mulaney and @MarkDuplass are doing it, @mollymcnearney and I will too https://t.co/TmhVIlhlNZ— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 30, 2019
Matched. ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/gcJ9XMmm97— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 30, 2019
I’M IN!!! #DaytonDonations ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/drCFXnGFor— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) May 30, 2019
Matched https://t.co/PeklcxyMXD— John Mulaney (@mulaney) May 30, 2019
I’m in! And I hereby pass the buck to... I dunno. @JimGaffigan? https://t.co/7ldhqz5gRx— Pete Holmes (@peteholmes) May 30, 2019
Matched. https://t.co/RuF2TBumE6— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) May 30, 2019
Donating to the Food Bank and a few other organizations helping to support my home state in the aftermath of the tornadoes. Please join me if you can! https://t.co/35IxdZv7hw— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 31, 2019
MATCHED! https://t.co/HME4rqAJom pic.twitter.com/m9sEcgGuQ9— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 31, 2019
I am in. #DaytonDonations https://t.co/9xjClX94kg— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) May 30, 2019
I probably wouldn’t have been a comedian without Dayton. I worked there a ton in the early years. @birbigs is leading a great effort. Help if you can. https://t.co/j6dpAVe1XC— Greg Warren (@GregWarren) May 31, 2019
Yes @MarkDuplass!!! Let's start the hashtag #DaytonDonations https://t.co/6pgezIalG5— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) May 30, 2019
love you dayton OH. always an amazing and welcoming place to play shows. @birbigs is doing a donation match. anything helps. https://t.co/AgvgNm7NhQ #DaytonDonations— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) May 31, 2019
I always looked forward to my shows in Dayton. Great city and great people. @birbigs started #DaytonDonations and if you can help please do even if it’s just a couple of bucks. https://t.co/ySPjIsYnju— Tommy Johnagin (@tommyjohnagin) May 31, 2019
Another hometown hero! Thanks for having our backs @nickmangold #DaytonDonations #DaytonStrong https://t.co/0tyyOl0yvu— Dayton.com (@daytondotcom) May 31, 2019
We can’t forget about @RobLowe, who grew up here in Dayton. He’s kicking off his own #DaytonDonations while making a local stop for his one-man show https://t.co/vLpdX8NbAP pic.twitter.com/IYgtVkuS9F— Dayton.com (@daytondotcom) May 31, 2019
Every $1=6 meals. We buy only what we can't source through donations to keep costs low. Just one buck makes a big impact!— The Foodbank, Inc. (@thefoodbankinc) May 31, 2019
Dayton! I'm coming through in 2 weeks. Look forward to it. @birbigs thanks for leading the charge. Happy to match.— Sal Vulcano (@SalVulcano) May 31, 2019
Please consider helping tornado victims in #Ohio!
Just gave $1k (6000 meals) to Dayton Food Bank. (@thefoodbankinc) https://t.co/GbflcC85qy pic.twitter.com/l6yKnaKDlw
Tornadoes ripped through cities in Montgomery, Greene and Mercer counties.
>> UPDATE: 15 Memorial Day tornadoes confirmed; 1 upgraded to EF4
The Foodbank is a nonprofit that works with a network of partner agencies by acquiring and distributing food.
It is asking for bottled water and non-perishable food item donations, as well as volunteers to help sort food. Those can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The Foodbank is asking for non-perishable food items that are easy to open.
Since Monday’s tornadoes, more than 900 people have volunteered for the Foodbank. More than 700 people have received water through the drive-through pantry and half a million bottles of water have been collected and distributed, according to an update from Foodbank officials Friday.
The drive-through pantry will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
A special fund and campaign has been established for those impacted by the Memorial Day tornadoes that ripped through the area.
In partnership with Cox Media Group Ohio, the Foodbank is working to meet immediate needs of those areas impacted the most.
>> Cox Media Group Ohio partners with The Dayton Foodbank to distribute food to areas devastated by tornadoes
Cox Media Group Ohio owns Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV, WHIO Radio, K99.1FM and Dayton.com and several other media properties.
The Foodbank is accepting online donations at thefoodbankdayton.org/donate.
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