FLOC started in the 1980s with caseworkers from Montgomery County Children Services buying Christmas presents for 35 kids. FLOC has grown and now does that for 2,600 children a year.
They added other programs as well. The Birthday Club works with private investigators to help kids in foster care find out when their birthdays are, then sends them a card and gift every year. They offer a Grant a Wish program. Provide school supplies. Formal wear for school proms. And more.
FLOC serves more than 6,000 children who are neglected, abused, in foster care or in need of community resources. They identify kids to help in partnership with Children Services, Dayton Schools and other area partners.
Mann said bringing joy to the lives of children is “infectious.”
“That’s the most inspiring thing is to see that smile,” she said. “That lifts the heart, it really does.”
Mann said she and her husband, local attorney Doug Mann, sit down at night and talk about how they can best help the community. They routinely open their Centerville home to fundraisers.
Last year during the height of the pandemic, they worked with other groups to help feed 193,000 families.