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NEWS: August 2014

NEEDS SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

“It is confirmed,” the email seems to shout with excitement, as once again the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service  (NEEDS) announces to its board that it’s time for the annual NEEDS School Supply Drive.  It is the desire of the NEEDS board to make certain all underprivileged students in the northeast quadrant of Hamilton County receive essential school supplies prior to the start of the school year. Annually, in August, the board and multitudes of volunteers gather at the Kenwood Baptist Church early in the morning to begin the momentous task of organizing school supplies to be distributed to local schools. The districts that receive the items are Princeton, Sycamore, Madeira and Deer Park Schools along with any private school within those borders. School nurses in these districts notify NEEDS with a count of indigent children as well as the list of school supplies. From these lists community groups and churches are assigned specific lists so that no child is left without basic school supplies. Most donated items are new.

This year the NEEDS School Supply Drive will be held on Tuesday, August 26th at the Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, 45236, beginning at 8:30 am. Volunteers are needed to help sort; other volunteers are needed to make deliveries to the schools. If you, your community group, or church is interested in collecting, donating or volunteering, please contact Bev Busemeyer dbusemeyer2@cinci.rr.com.  Truly, for those of us who know the pleasure of purchasing school supplies for our own children, please consider helping those who are unable to buy for theirs by volunteering or making a donation (monetary or otherwise) to NEEDS.

It is the NEEDS food pantry that serves to help our neighbors who face family food shortages. Have you considered organizing a food drive in your neighborhood?  Having a block party - why not place a barrel on your street for neighbors to drop a can or two for NEEDS? Consider making a request of your summer swim club or camp to organize drives and, if your church hosts a festival, consider asking your congregation to place a container to collect for NEEDS.

It is the mission of the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) to provide emergency assistance to the neediest families in the Northeast Cincinnati community.  In addition to canned goods and non-perishables, community members can also support NEEDS monetarily by sending checks to:  NEEDS, 8341 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. 

NEEDS is a community of 25 churches and civic organizations whose mission is to do God’s work through caring for their neighbors by providing basic emergency assistance.  NEEDS is an all-volunteer cooperative located in the Kenwood Baptist Church. NEEDS does not receive government support.  The NEEDS board oversees an active foodbank, as well as provides neighbors-in-need with housing and utility payment assistance.  During the year NEEDS supports local schools through school supply and clothing drives. NEEDS serves more than 2,500 people in northeastern Hamilton County.

The NEEDS food pantry is located at the Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, 45236 and is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 am – 1 pm.  Donations of canned goods and other items are always accepted at the NEEDS food pantry. Monetary gifts can be mailed to: NEEDS, 8341 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. For pick-up of donated items or to ask questions please call (513) 891-0850 (NEEDS) or checkout the NEEDS website.

NEEDS Board Members led by Frank Morris, President, meeting at the Kenwood Baptist Church.
NEEDS Board Members led by Frank Morris, President, meeting at the Kenwood Baptist Church.

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