Month: July 2021

Now Through August 15: Student Assistance Drive

In just a few weeks, students all over Cincinnati will begin a new school year. Unfortunately, many families can’t afford to purchase expensive supplies or provide their growing children with new, warm clothes for the coming winter. You can help by participating in the NEEDS Student Assistance Drive!

This year’s drive combines two NEEDS traditions: the annual fall school supply drive, and the HUGSS (Hats, Underwear, Gloves, Socks, Sweats) event that usually takes place in the winter. By combining these two drives, NEEDS hopes to get students started with everything they need for the new school year – from crayons to coats.

For the Student Assistance Drive, NEEDS is requesting financial donations (gift cards and checks) rather than physical items. Not only is this convenient for givers – it also helps to ensure that students receive the most crucial items. Donations will be distributed to over a dozen schools, and school staff will purchase the classroom supplies and warm winter clothing their students need most.

If you would like to help, please send your gift card or check (with “Student Assistance Drive” in the memo) to the address below by August 15. Gift cards from Target, Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, and Kohl’s are all welcome.

c/o Kenwood Baptist Church
8341 Kenwood Rd
Cincinnati OH 45236

Thank you!

June Impact

Over the past few weeks, requests for financial assistance have increased, while requests for food have remained steady. Here are this month’s numbers:

During the month of June, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 70 families – for a total of 225 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 9 families, distributing a total of $3224.44 to cover rent and utilities.

Current Pantry Needs

It’s time to stock the pantry again! Below is a list of most-needed items.

Donations can be dropped off during NEEDS’ open hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-1:00).

Baked beans
Canned pineapple
Canned greens
Dinner mixes such as Hamburger and Tuna Helper
Boxed potato mixes
Pasta sauce
Canned salmon
Clam chowder
Granola/snack bars

Home and Personal Care:
Shaving cream and disposable razors
Feminine hygiene pads
Laundry detergent
Liquid hand soap