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Here We Grow Again!

We are pleased to announce the Hope’s Closet’s First Annual Back-To-School Clothing and Backpack shopping event!

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, 200 children in foster care can make an appointment to shop for back-to-school clothing and a filled backpack! We will be supplying the children with six short-sleeved shirts, shorts, skirts, pants, hoodies, winter fleece jacket, socks, shoes, underwear, make-up, toiletries, and a filled backpack. We will also have winter clothing and coats available in October.

Thank you so much for your support! You, as a community, are coming together to link arms around these kids and letting them know they are not alone. Please drop off or mail cards of encouragement for these school children. We will be including them in their shopping bags July 31 - August 16.  Let’s make the 2017-2018 school year, their BEST yet!  You can mail your cards to:
Hope’s Closet
332 Dayton St.
Hamilton, OH 45011.

Meet Jennie Vose

Role at Hope's Closet: I write the Hope's Closet newsletter. 
How did you get involved with Hope's Closet: I saw Sarah post on Facebook that she needed someone to help with the newsletter. With a background in corporate communications, writing newsletters is right up my alley. 
What is your favorite part about volunteering at Hope's Closet? It's really flexible and I can volunteer when it works for my schedule. 
What has surprised you most about volunteering at Hope's Closet? All the awesome things the community is doing to help kids in foster care and the families caring for them. 
What do you wish other people knew about Hope's Closet? It's such a great resource for the community. 
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering? There are plenty of ways to volunteer and you can make a tangible difference in the life of a child. 
What was your favorite toy as a kid? Barbies
What did you want to be when you grew up? An architect
What is one word you would use to describe yourself as a child? Creative
 
September 30 at 7 pm

Urgent Needs

We appreciate all donations of gently-used clothes for kids and teens. In particular we need:
  • Size 4 and 5 diapers
  • Gift cards (to give as trauma relief gifts at Foster Moms' and Dads' Night Out)
You can drop off donations to our offices at 332 Dayton St., Hamilton, OH 45011.
You can also make financial donations to help us meet these needs through our website or the mail.

Hope's Closet News

  • Hope's Closet was featured in the Journal-News on July 5. Check out the article, "How you can help local foster kids get back-to-school supplies."
  • Fun Fact: Many employers have a matching gift program. It is easy to multiply your financial gifts. Please contact your Human Resources department for more information. 
  • Welcome our new volunteers: Lori Williams, Mimi Kelner, Donna Goukler, Jennifer Dean, Ashley Croucher, and Brenda Mullins

Calendar of Events

 
July
  • 7/6: ONLINE LuLaRoe Fundraiser 
    facebook.com/groups/lularoeamberfore
  • 7/8, 5-7 pm: IN-PERSON LuLaRoe Fundraiser
    1636 Hunter Rd. Fairfield, OH 45014
  • 7/15, 11 am-3 pm: Crazy Cardboard Regatta
    Visit the Hope's Closet Booth
    Voice of America Park
  • 7/16, 12-2pm: Foster Parent Information Meeting
    Quest Church
    6933 Hendrickson Rd.
    Middletown, OH 45044
  • 7/20, 7-9 pm: Foster Dads' Night Out
    At Right2Arm
    RSVP hopesclosetoh@gmail.com
  • 7/25, 6-8 pm: EQUIP: Foster Parent Training
    1.5 hrs Formal CE
    Common Sense Parenting: Helping Children
    Succeed at School.
    RSVP hopesclosetoh@gmail.com
    Held @ Quest Middletown
  • 7/31-8/16: Foster Children Back-To-School Shopping Event
August
  • 8/4, 7-9 pm: Foster Moms' Night Out
    At Hope's Closet.
    You may also do back
    to school shopping that night. 
    RSVP hopesclosetoh@gmail.com
  • 8/17, 7-9 pm: Foster Dads' Night Out
    At Hope's Closet
    RSVP hopesclosetoh@gmail.com
  • 8/22, 6-8 pm: EQUIP: Foster Parent Training
    1.5 hrs Formal CE
    Special Guest, Linda Cramer, from
    Thrive Pointe Counseling will do Q&A on parenting issues.
    RSVP hopesclosetoh@gmail.com
    Held @ Quest Middletown
October

Thank You!

Your donations help us meet the needs of our clients every day. A special thank you to the organizations and individuals who donated to Hope's Closet in June:
  • Diana Moore and Doug Lynch for sponsoring our Back-to-School Backpack giveaway and new off-season/teen rack systems.
  • JoJo's Cupcakes provided dessert for our July Foster Moms' Night Out.
  • Jennifer Meadors and her American Heritage Girl volunteers for building our off-season pajama storage racks.
  • Operation Blessing Bags for providing welcome bags for children entering foster care.
Thank you to the donors now making monthly financial gifts to Hope's Closet. If you're interested in supporting Hope's Closet on a monthly basis, email hopesclosetoh@gmail.com.  
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