Nearly 7,000 children in the Dayton area received seasonal clothing, toys, books, equipment, dental kits, school supplies and other essential items last year through Hannah’s Treasure Chest. This would not be possible without ongoing donations and financial assistance from generous people in the Miami Valley.
To help get the word out about the types of services it provides, the philanthropic organization has planned several fundraisers over the next two months. The first event was an Archer’s Tavern Takeover held this past Tuesday, where Hannah’s volunteers served guests and answered questions about its mission and programs.
Coming up next is a TBN Networking Event at Hannah’s from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 124 Westpark Road in Centerville. The Business Network of Franklin and interested visitors are invited for drinks, appetizers and cupcakes from “Frosted.” Reservations and a $10 donation are requested; sign up at https://hannahsb2b.eventbrite.com.
“We are in the midst of our heaviest use months of the year. Our requests for care packages are up significantly over the average month’s use so far this year, ad up over our average requests from 2012,” said Hannah’s Treasure Chest executive director Sarah Williams. “These fundraisers will help provide the funds for much needed items such as socks, underwear, pajamas, jeans, shoes and winter jackets.”
Also scheduled is a “Sip, Savor, and Learn” at Bella Vino in Springboro from 4 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, and two networking events at The Wine Bar at The Greene from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 and Nov. 14. There will be a gift basket raffle at Bella Vino, and special “Hannah’s Flight” baskets of five wines with cheese at The Wine Bar. Reservations are not required for these three fundraisers.
According to the Kids Count Survey provided by the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio, there are an estimated 60,293 children in Butler, Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties living at or below the poverty line. These statistics were published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
“The need for our work continues to increase as the faltering economy has impacted the lives of families on the edge of poverty,” said Williams. “Without our services, children would be deprived of the basics they need to learn and thrive.”
Hannah’s Treasure Chest has been enriching the lives of children in need since 2001 through its care-package services and special programs: Beds for Babies, Brighter Smiles Dental Kits and Giving Angels. This assistance allows families to stretch their limited funds for other necessities such as food, housing and transportation. This gives these families a steadying hand and the hope they need to give their children a better start in life.
Financial gifts are also welcomed at Hannah’s to provide these necessary items to children in need.
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