This winter, in preparation for the holiday season, students at Madeira Elementary, Montgomery Elementary, Blue Ash Elementary, Sycamore Junior High, Greene School’s STRIVE Club and St. Xavier High School have shared their spare time and their best skills collecting for the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) food pantry as part of their holiday season ritual and their hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Cheryl Thomas and Green School Strive Club

Cheryl Thomas and Green School Strive Club

For the third year in a row and under the guidance of teacher Cheryl Thomas, the Greene School after-school club called STRIVE delivered and put away a massive amount of cans. The Greene School students couldn’t wait to tell the NEEDS adult volunteers that one Greene School student donated his birthday money and bought 1000 cans to donate! The Sycamore Jr. High and Montgomery Elementary School brought two trucks worth of items. At the November 23rd NEEDS board meeting it was noted that the Sycamore Schools “really filled the pantry” and the board thanked them “for all their help”.Students who participate not only learn the value of volunteering, they come to understand the concept of “shelf-life” when organizing the canned goods and they get a taste of how physically hard it is to stock food pantries.

Besides collecting canned goods, every January the NEEDS board organizes a Hat and Mitten Drive. This year the Hat and Mitten Drive will be held on Tuesday, January 11th, at 9 am in the Fellowship Hall of the Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. In addition to hats and mittens, socks are also requested. The hats, mittens and socks collected will be distributed to local schools. It is the school nurses who then give the items to students in need.  If your school, club, troop or neighborhood organization is looking for a winter activity, consider collecting hats, mittens and socks for NEEDS. New items are preferred and donations need to be at the Kenwood Baptist Church by 9 am on January 11th.

The NEEDS Board is comprised of representatives from a community of 25 churches and civic organizations who take part in doing God’s work through caring for their

L to R: Young men from St. Xavier: Matthew Sander, Brett Elminger, Jake Krapke, Tom Young (St. X. alum & board member husband)

L to R: Young men from St. Xavier: Matthew Sander, Brett Elminger, Jake Krapke, Tom Young (St. X. alum & board member husband)

neighbors by providing basic emergency assistance.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.

The NEEDS food pantry is located at the Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236 and is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 am – 1 pm. For pick-up of donated items or to ask questions please call (513) 891-0850 or checkout NEEDS website:Needs Pantry

 

 

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