August 5, 2019

DAYTON, Ohio - The 169 donors who filled the beds at the Dayton CBC Monday included three of Ohio's top state and congressional leaders.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, a University of Dayton grad, was the first to donate. He was followed by Rep. Tim Ryan, a presidential candidate from Youngstown, and U.S. Senator Rob Portman. All felt a call to include donating in their busy schedules out of compassion to the victims and in unified support of Dayton and the Miami Valley.

"You always have to look at the good that happens sometimes when you see this kind of tragedy and Dayton has been unbelievable. People go from rage to tears, rage to tears… I think it's the beauty of the community coming together. I'm from outside of Youngstown, and this is so indicative of community around the county, tightknit, scrappy, working class. People coming to give blood if that's what's needed." U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan

"It's been heartbreaking to the whole Miami Valley and really the whole country. I have friends and colleagues an all over the country. It's so senseless and so horrible. People who were out in the Oregon District got in the middle of a madman's rampage. Everybody's responding to that and seems to me once again the Dayton community is doing it." U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

"It feels great, it's simple and easy process. I'm excited to know about what's going to happen Friday with the Dayton Strong donation event. It's simple and easy and a good way for everybody to contribute to someone who is in need. We all have that sense and feeling after what happened in the last couple of days. We're all in this together."
Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted