This January the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) was blessed with generosity as it became one of the six recipients of FillTheTruck.org, a charity initiative instituted and managed by Frame USA, Inc. At the time of delivery there were 160 boxes filled with 4,677 items of canned goods, personal care necessities, winter clothing, hats, gloves, socks, and underwear.
As Frank Morris, President of NEEDS recalls “the amount that we received from Frame USA Inc. in January was way more than we could ever imagine or even hope for. There was so much that an extra storage shed was called into duty!”
Frame USA, Inc, a national company with its corporate headquarters in Springdale, Ohio, remarks on its website that one of its “favorite parts of this business is the ability to make a difference” part of which includes its monthly charity. In December, Frame USA, Inc, along with other corporate partners recruited by Frame USA, Inc, select a set number of organizations to be beneficiaries of their FillTheTruck.org charity drive. The corporate partners, designated as featured sponsors, direct their clientele to the FillTheTruck.org website. The website offers contributors a selection of 33 items to purchase for donation with featured sponsors adding additional items. There are also options for cash donations. In 2015 the result was six 54’ semi-trucks being filled with items going to NEEDS, The Healing Center, Valley Interfaith, Cain, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky and the Loveland Interfaith Network.
How FillTheTruck.org and NEEDS became linked is a dream-come-true for disadvantaged Sycamore area families.
While planning for its 6th FillTheTruck.org drive, Dan Regenold of Glendale, CEO of Frame USA, Inc sought out a charity from the east side of Hamilton County. His wife Becky mentioned, that as a member of Church of Savior, she was familiar with NEEDS, which is located in the Kenwood Baptist Church in Kenwood. Mr. Regenold sent Jill Gugel, his Administrative Assistant at Frame USA, Inc to checkout NEEDS and the rest is history!
“FillTheTruck.org was thrilled to see NEEDS added to the list,” explained Mr. Regenold. “I’m excited to tell you that not only are there more boxes on their way to NEEDS but NEEDS will be part of the Frame USA, Inc charities going forward.” Adding, “with the help of our wonderful corporate partners 2015 saw donations up by 60%. I am especially pleased with the efforts and generosity of Deer Park’s Fit Body Boot Camp.”
It is companies like Frame USA, Inc and charity drives like FillTheTruck.org that enable small aid organizations such as NEEDS to expand their services more than they ever imagined. But you don’t have to be a business or a big corporation to donate to NEEDS; every single can, hat or school item donated makes a difference to those in need.
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 neighbors by providing basic emergency assistance. NEEDS board oversees an active food pantry that is located in the Kenwood Baptist Church and provides neighbors-in-need with emergency housing and utility payment assistance. As an all-volunteer cooperative, the NEEDS Executive Board meets monthly to determine the most efficient way to fill its food pantry and how best to spend its resources as they help local families survive stressful times. NEEDS does not receive government funding. NEEDS serves more than 2,500 people in northeastern Hamilton County. Ask your church, office group or civic organization if it’s part of the community that supports NEEDS; there is always room for volunteers however you choose to help.
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 unexpired 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. Donations of canned goods and other items are always accepted at the NEEDS food pantry. For pick-up of donated items or to ask questions please call (513) 891-0850 or checkout NEEDS website: http://www.cincyneeds.org/