Dayton woman leads mission to help the homeless

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton woman is making it her personal mission to give back this Thanksgiving.

With the help of donations, Breanna Adams was able to put together 100 “blessing bags” filled with food, water and toiletries for the homeless.

“It’s a lot of homeless people that’s in need,” Adams said. “And they need people like us to help them.”

Adams first gave out 25 blessing bags to homeless women over the holidays last year. She and her went shopping at a drugstore and filled purses with some everyday items, she explained.

“Last year, we were all crying see that,” said Maxine Wagner, Adams’s mother. “She said, ‘Mom, I don’t know what it’s like not to have the small things in life.’”

Adams wanted to take the small things and turn it into a bigger project.

“Little things like this, we take for granted,” Adams said. “Some people go without this for days and weeks, like soap, a simple toothbrush and toothpaste.”

After getting the word out on Facebook and at her church, enough donations poured in to fill 100 bags for homeless men and women – four times as many as last year, she said.

“Once all the donations started flooding in, we started to see this is going to be bigger than we thought,” said Devan Sanders, one of the volunteers.

Several volunteers helped pack the items, which were donated by people in the community and several businesses. The goal is make the project reach people in need across the country.

“I feel like we could actually grow this to something nationwide where we can give out bags everywhere, all over,” Sanders said.

“It’s to a point where I want to start a non-profit,” Adams said. “Like as far as giving back or having something where I help my community.”

Adams plans to deliver the bags this weekend to shelters and soup kitchens in Dayton.

She is organizing another distribution for February to give out blessing bags, clothes and hot meals. To donate or volunteer, visit the project’s Facebook page or contact the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.

Cunningham, Davis power Dayton past Ohio, 79-65

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Darrell Davis scored a career high 25 points and Josh Cunningham added 18 points and a career-best 19 rebounds as the Dayton Flyers bounced the Ohio Bobcats, 79-65, in the second round of the 2017 Gildan Charleston Classic.

Xeyrius Williams tallied 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Jordan Davis added 10 points off the bench.

Dayton improved to 2-1 on the season.

Dayton built a 41-32 halftime lead in the consolation-round matchup at TD Arena, ending the half on a 13-5 run.
Darrell Davis scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting. He made 2 of 4 3-pointers.

The Flyers continued to maintain control never trailing in the second 20 minutes.
Ohio would cut the deficit to nine with 5:19 to play, but Dayton kept the Bobcats at bay on a 9-6 run to close the contest.

Dayton went 10 for 29 from three-point range and hit 13 of 15 at the free throw line.
It was the first time this season Dayton had four or more players scoring in double figures.
Cunningham’s 19 boards were the most since Steve McElvene grabbed 16 against North Florida on Dec. 5, 2015.
Darrell Davis in the Charleston Classic is averaging 22.5 points on 14 of 26 shooting from the field (.538) and 7 of 12 (.583) from 3-point range.

Dayton will play Old Dominion in the fifth-place game at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Program helps businesses take action against workplace substance abuse

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Businesses around the Miami Valley are taking action and using a training course to help make the workplace safer.

This information comes from our partners at the Dayton Business Journal.

Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is launching a new program, Wellness at Work Technical Assistance Course, to make the workplace safer and to prevent and to respond to substance abuse issues.

In an effort to address the safety and economic threat of drug abuse in the workplace, a Montgomery County mental health and addiction service is launching a new program for local businesses.The initiative is meant to empower businesses to create systems that will prevent and respond to workplace substance abuse issues in a “legally sound and meaningful way,” according to the organization.

The course is designed to help businesses and implement or refine their drug-free operations. This includes the implementation of second-chance policies for recovering addicts.

“You’re literally walked through all this by experts in the field, which is a fantastic opportunity for your business,” said Ashley Mack, program coordinator for ADAMHS.

A two-day course will be offered November 28 and December 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the ADAMHS office.

Businesses can apply for the course now and only five companies will be allowed in each course.

If you apply for the course and do not make the list, the organization will hold the application for a class in the spring.

The course is free, though a $50 refundable fee will be assessed during registration. That fee will be reimbursed during the first class session.

If you want your business to take action and attend a training course, you must apply by November 27. To apply for a training course, click here.

Company to gift power to families

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Some local families will get the gift of power this holiday season.

Dayton Power and Light provided a $115,000 corporate grant and customers gave generous donations to the Salvation Army Friday to help families in need of power this winter.

The Gift of Power program started in 2015 and has helped more than 1000 families in need.

The Gift of Power helps DP&L customers who are just above the income guidelines for other Ohio Energy Assistance programs. The program begins the day after January 16, 2018 and runs through April 15, 2018.

To learn more about the program or to make an online donation, click here.