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NEWS: October 2015

What Happened in Sycamore on August 17th?

Go back to your August calendar, what did you do on August 17th? For most of us, it was a regular workday but for the volunteers of the North East Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) it was the annual School Supply Drive.  It is the desire of the NEEDS board to make certain 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 items to collect so that no child is left without basic school supplies. Most donated items are new.

The NEEDS School Supply Drive was held at the Kenwood Baptist Church. Some volunteers sorted and stuffed containers while other volunteers made deliveries to the schools. There are even community members who made monetary donations allowing NEEDS to purchase items that arrived in short supply

The NEEDS School Supply Drive is so important to those children whose parents find themselves unable to provide school supplies. Truly, it’s very meaningful to help children who might not have new or even proper school supplies at the start of a new academic year. Who doesn’t remember the importance and the pressure of having “the right” school supplies during those first few days? During the winter the NEEDS Board does a hat, mitten and sock drive.

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?  Hosting a party for the guy or gal who has everything – consider contributions to NEEDS as a suggested gift for the honoree. For Girl or Boy Scout troops and other clubs collecting for NEEDS is a great way to earn a service badges.

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 volunteers
Marlene Morris, Jackie Cutshall, Diane Beeker, and Judy Stagney organizing supplies.

Several women preparing supplies.

Volunteers Lois Borisch, Bev Busemyer, Marlene Morris and Mary Lou Davis preparing
supplies with Connie Steckinger in the background.

Two women stacking notebooks.

Barb Davis and Cindy Cordell stacking notebooks.

Two women organizing supplies

Mary Lou Davis and Cindy Cordell organizing supplies

Group of people

Front Row: Carol Temple, Volunteer, Linda Koehler, Bev Busemeyer, Jackie
Cutshall, Young Volunter, Marlene Morris, Frank Morris, Barb Davis, Judy Stagney.


Back Row: Volunteer, Barb Baggano, Diane Beeker, Ken Gast, Cindy Cordell,
Volunteer, Mary Lou Davis.



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