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Hannah's Treasure Chest

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Enriching the lives of local children in need by providing care packages of essential clothing, diapers, safety equipment, personal care items, books, and toys.

Results: Each year, our programs provides 4,000+ children with basic items through a network of nearly 50 nonprofit and social service agencies. Our care packages enable parents and caregivers to redirect their limited resources to other essentials such as food, transportation, housing, child care, and education, increasing the well being of the entire family.

Target demographics: enrich the lives of local children in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 4,000 children through partnerships with local nonprofits and social service agencies.

Geographic areas served: southwest Ohio serving Butler, Greene, Montgomery, and Warren counties.

Programs: the Care Package Program that provides new and gently used clothing, toys, books, games, puzzles, equipment, diapers, and other personal hygiene items to children in need. Other programs include Brighter Smiles dental kits, Blankets and Bears (handmade bears/blankets and a book to babies under 12 months), and Giving Angels holiday gift program.

Community Stories

118 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Hannah's Treasure Chest enriches the lives of children in need by creating care packages of their basic needs, such as clothes, shoes, books, toys, and equipment such as strollers. This has got to be one of the best organizations because of the family environment they have created with their staff and employees. When they meet the staff from other organizations, their treated like family as well. They feel comfortable sharing as much as they can to let the volunteers and staff know the impact they're making on the lives of the children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hannah’s Treasure Chest is an amazing non-prohibit with the best employees and volunteers. I always love working with them and supporting their mission to enrich the lives of local children in my community!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization led by a wonderful group of people!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great company with a wonderful mission! Keep up the good work.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Hannah’s Treasure Chest on a committee and I was blown away by their volunteers. They are amazing people who are beyond dedicated to the mission. The time and thought they put into every care package... well, it’s more than that.. it’s love . Love for every family and child that needs their help.
Because of my volunteer role on the committee, I was part of conversations about the wise use of donations.. both goods and monetary donations. I assure you that much careful thought goes into all that they do with what they are given.
Please donate outgrown kids clothes, books, toys, puzzles, shoes etc or make a monetary donation that they will use to buy items like diapers, underwear and other necessities.
If you are looking for a way to get involved in your community, consider donating a couple hours a week. It’s a busy, friendly place to get involved. You won’t regret it!
I was very reluctant to get involved because I didn’t think I had anything to offer, and I’m so very glad I chose to do it:)

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HTC's mission of enriching the lives of children in need is carried out by the most kind, compassionate and dedicated people I have ever met.
Each time I volunteer, I'm left with an overflowing heart.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an eighteen year volunteer at Hannah's Treasure Chest, I have seen first hand how this amazing organization has implemented and continually improved its mission of helping children in need.
Under the excellent leadership of our Executive Director, Deanna Murphy, along with the board, the staff, and the growing number of dedicated volunteers, our reach has expanded even further.
Everyone who works or volunteers at HTC goes above and beyond expectations. This has been confirmed time and time again by our partners who have told us how valuable our contributions are to their clients.
Even during the pandemic, I have never been more confident of HTC's future path with the exciting new ideas being planned.
I like to think of us as a family who tries to ease the burdens of other families with children in need.
Mary Jo Padderud

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After I retired and recently widowed, I struggled to find something meaningful in my life. Skipping church one Sunday morning, I saw an interview on WHIO about a children’s charity with the founder. It sounded like a very worthwhile organization staffed almost entirely by volunteers. My ears really perked up when I heard the name of this charity - Hannah’s Treasure Chest ! I felt like a was getting a special message that Sunday morning. I had a new granddaughter named Hannah. This was what I needed in my life. Now, 8 years later, I feel like I am making a meaningful contribution to children in need. An added bonus is new friendships, fun lunch discussions and feeling valued by the most amazing dedicated staff.

1 SusyTeach

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pandemic or not, HTC moved forward with it’s mission to help children in need!
Following strict guidelines, it’s volunteers show up each day to continue to fell those orders from our partner agencies for families in distress. The last five months have been a challenge for everyone near and far, but the commitment of the staff and workforce of this charity, although downsized, continued to provide the necessities requested by the agencies we serve. The loss of income it suffered during this time, due to the cancelling of their fund raisers, was concerning, but good people in the community continued to provide additional support, and, despite the staggering heat, everyone pulled together to make a large success in holding a huge overage sale of stock that exceeded what was appropriate to give out, or that was in excess of what our warehouse could hold.
This charity is indeed a friend to those in need, and each day it shows it’s true colors !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The BEST! What fun to work and volunteer at Hannah's Treasure Chest! Not only do we help thousands of children in need each year, we help and support each other in our daily lives. Check us out. You will be impressed!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with several non-profits and been a board member of one for 10 years.
When volunteering at Hannah's I see all the best practices of administration, allocation, employee and volunteer management, and a passion for reaching as many families and children as possible. It is a joy to walk in the door each day and work with such dedicated people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am pleased to share how Hannah’s Treasure Chest and I work together to help lighten some of the financial burden for our college students who are also parents. This demographic of student parents constitutes more than 26%, or 1 in 4, of all undergraduate college students in the U.S. with 11% of all undergraduate students raising children alone, and often without any monetary support, even from their families. These students not only have the responsibilities of attending classes, studying and working, as do their peers, they additionally have the responsibility of caring for their children and providing for their needs, which adds more stress to an already stressful college career. Of course this often means working more, studying less, and spending less time with their children and a lot of times, dropping out of college. Receiving help from Hannah’s, through their care packages and the Giving Angels Program, allows our student parents to have more quality time with their children without worrying about putting clothes on their backs, shoes on their feet or holiday gifts under the tree. All of which helps increase their educational attainment, which is critical to strengthening family well-being and economic security, as well as the country as a whole. So many of my student parents have come to tears when they pick up their care packages. Since Fall of 2013, Hannah’s has provided 160 care packages to Wright State Student Parents. Hannah’s DEFINITELY plays an important part in enriching the lives of Wright State children in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hannah's is AMAZING!!!! From the staff to the volunteers, everyone is always positive, helpful and full of caring and love for what they do! They work hard serving those in need and their efforts are truly felt and seen from the heart! I have been a partner with Hannah's for over four years, and I have always received the best care, personally and with packages, that could ever have been possible. Hannah's is truly a blessing for those whom I make requests. I hate that I have so many individuals in need, but I LOVE that Hannah's is there to provide their unending and needed help!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hannah's Treasure Chest is a great organization that does so much to help the children in our community! The volunteers and staff are dedicated, hard working and create a family-like atmosphere which makes anyone who visits feel immediately welcome.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A kind, caring group of people who do some much for children in need. Professionally managed and volunteer driven, HTC works so hard for the 4 counties they serve.

Smeek

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hannah's Treasure Chest is an amazing non profit! I have been extremely lucky to have had my internship here! I have learned a great deal from the volunteers and staff! The work they do for the community is immense and I still don't know how they pull it all off! It's been amazing to see the behind the scenes of how the care packages come together, and the stories of the families in need, It's amazing how this simple care package can assist a family in more ways than I thought! I am going to miss being here every week, but I am going to forever remember my experiences and everything I have learned.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful mission, amazing volunteers, organized warehouse, and respected by partners, Hannah's Treasure Chest makes it easier for agencies to serve clients. Thankful HTC exists in our community.

KristinT

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Hannah's Treasure Chest! I started as an intern about a month ago and I have already learned so much, and I'm eager to learn even more! Everyone is so pleasant, welcoming, and very dedicated to whatever it is that they are doing. Witnessing first hand what this organization does for children and families in need is amazing. Everyone works so hard for the good of others. I am truly honored to be able to complete my internship here at HTC.

1 Brant B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love the work this nonprofit does. The amiunt of children they are able to help is amazing. I am so proud and honored to be apart of this group. Can't wait to see how we grow next!

1 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at Hannah's Treasure Chest! The supportive and fun atmosphere among the volunteers and staff and the monthly volunteer luncheon that includes a talk from a representative of another local non-profit are just a couple of perks. But the real joy I get is seeing all of the darling donated clothing, toys and other items that I know will go to little children in need and how happy that will make them and their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful nonprofit committed to providing children from newborn to teen items, clothing, toys, books, cribs, diapers and on. A great group of people working and volunteering and donates giving of their time, talent, effort and items to fulfill this big need!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A solid organization run by very good, caring people. They stay on task to make sure they continue to have a positive impact on families in need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am continually amazed at the dedication of the volunteers, many of whom devote hundreds of hours each year. These volunteers efforts are essential to Hannah's for maximizing its limited resources. I especially admire the striving for incremental operational improvements that ultimately translates into improving the lives of children helped by Hannah's.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I toured the facility to learn what Hannah's Treasure Chest actually does. They ladies there walked me through each step of the process from receiving donations, cleaning items, sorting them into the warehouse, and then choosing the right clothes, books, toys and other basic needs for each child. It is easy to see how much the volunteers care about making sure each child not only has needs met, but has fun with the the items they receive. Their passion for making kids safe, happy and healthy is what really makes this operation truly a success.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A friend and I recently visited Hannah's Treasure Chest. We were very impressed! Their volunteers were very knowledgeable and gave us a tour of their facility. It was extremely organized and clean. It was clear that they were dedicated to helping as many children and families as they possibly could. When we left we were inspired to start collecting items to donate and have since dropped off several bags. Also, we decided to make them a top priority by spreading the word about them to our church women's group. The need is great and keeps growing. This organization is a positive example of people truly making a difference.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been an occasional volunteer with HTC for many years, and love to see the dedication of others who are there working to make lives better for children who need assistance with clothing, shoes, bedding, etc.

I'm also a volunteer coordinator for a local company who sends groups of volunteers to local non-profits; many of our employees will specifically ask that we coordinate volunteer days for HTC. Everyone always says they have a rewarding volunteer day at HTC, helping to improve the lives of local children!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Hannah's for seven years and have met a wonderful and dedicated group of volunteers. Love the flexibility of hours. Come in when you can! Just a great organization led by a director who truly appreciates all the work that we do.

1 Hope18

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Thank you so much for providing a Boppy pillow for a Help Me Grow heart operation child, so he can work on his gross motor skills!
A co-worker was able to pick it up for me, that is a wonderful service, too.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Very impressed with the dedication and direction of Hannah's Treasure Chest. They provide a rare combination of a strong sense of mission along with operational excellence. Dedicated volunteers help execute the game plan of the leadership team in providing support and love for Dayton area kids.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hannah's Treasure Chest is an amazing organization that has helped our clients make ends meet. One such case is the assistance provided to a single mother of two. In our monthly budget and financial goals meeting, she was worried that she would not be able to pay her light bill because her children needed clothing. I was able to confidently advise her to go ahead and pay her like bill and the light of HTC will provide clothing for her children. HTC came through for that family and helped her believe in our agency and is now operating her household budget with an accruing surplus. Estate Building Management and HTC positively impacted that family

2 Verlena S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HTC is an extremely valuable resource for our organization. it is good to know there's additional support close by with almost anything we need to help assist our parents. Above and beyond the items provided are the staff and volunteers. They are amazing people with wonderful hearts for serving the under-resourced population. They are very careful to provide only items that they themselves would appreciate having and they make agencies like ours feel very comfortable in the request, pick up and process. We love and appreciate Hannah's!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Hannah's is such a great charity and filling a huge need in the community! I really like how they take used (unexpired) car seats to donate to families in need. All kids need to be transported safely and a safe car seat is so expensive.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for a year and a half now and have met some amazing people. The dedication at Hannah's is unbelievable. The reward of helping children and families in need is unparallel.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hannah's is an amazing organization. It is a loving and caring environment that provides for needy children. As a volunteer it is wonderful to connect with a place and feel as though I am making a difference. The staff especially the director is always singing our praises and telling the volunteers how special we all are. Hannah's is truly an outstanding organization and I am pleased to be included in their large group of volunteers who have now become my friends.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former board member, I can honestly say that from the top to the bottom, inside and out, Hannah has the support of its community! This organization does so much with so little; and doesn't complain. The CEO, Sarah, is amazing; she is growing as an executive and willing to learn...the added plus, is that she is deeply invested in Hannah's success. The community needs this organization, and the organization needs the community to continue its support.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hannah's Treasure Chest does amazing things for children and families in need!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AMAZING! Organized and efficient! Everyone working there really loves helping and is doing it from the bottom of their hearts!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hannah's Treasure Chest has been a pleasure to collaborate with over the years. Our organization uses them when our families are in need. After a partner meeting, I cannot express the happiness I felt when they asked for as much detail as possible because they want to provide families, not just children with things that are specific to their needs. What really impressed me was their ability to want to pair children (specifically girls) with baby dolls that reflected their own background. If you know anything about baby dolls, this is not always an easy task. The staff at Hannah's Treasure Chest are so passionate about what they do and they glow with every opportunity to just talk about how they helped one family, or made a difference to another. They remember families so it is not something they do and forget about, they take their clients seriously and all people are treated equal. They also give back and help raise awareness to their community about family needs as well as national awareness (diaper awareness specifically). Great organization, great staff, and I feel lucky to be able to work with them!

4 Sam_51

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent nonprofit, very organized with passionate employees and volunteers. Employees are knowledgeable re: the issues of child need, including diapers, clothes, baby beds, and children's toys.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I use Hannah's Treasure Chest with all of my clients and it is a blessing to these moms. From the clothing to the diapers, and other baby items that they need very desperately. Thank you Hannah's for all your hard work.

3 Debbie218

Donor

Rating: 5

It is great to have a Charity that focus is to help families and children. I have donated several items that my grandchildren no longer play with.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hannah's Treasure Chest is an amazing organization that has helped many or our agency's young mothers, who are typically in a situation of homelessness. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the organization always meets requested needs. I hope this organization continues to assist the community and receive funding to expand services.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing nonprofit. They put the needs of the kids and the families first and provide much-needed items. Our foster daughter arrived in our house with very little, and the generosity of Hannah's Treasure Chest helped her have the clothes she needs for school and the warm outwear so important for winter, plus books, school workbooks and toys. Thank you for helping support her childhood experience.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Our church's moms group took part in the Christmas gift program last year - it was a joy to work with a great team at Hannah's Treasure Chest. They are doing great things!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having previously been a volunteer @ HTC I am aware of the wonderful mission that is supported by the awesome group of volunteers. Each, in their own unique & loving way, make certain that every child receives items specific to their needs. Please consider visiting HTC for a personal tour-you will be impressed. Also, gently used clothing, books, toys & equipment are always needed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is so amazing the smiles on the faces of the children when they get their new clothes. Everything my clients have ever received from Hannah's has always been super nice and clean.

1 Donna266

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am the family advocate for a head start program. Hannah's has helped many of our families. The families and I are very grateful for hand up. We all need a hand sometimes. Thank you Hannah's Treasure chest staff.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great work done for children in our area. Just toured their organized, efficient operation. Very impressive!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We always donate our kid's clothes and toys to HTC. A great organization that serves the local communities.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hannah's is an amazing organization all around. From the work they do to the people and volunteers that work there!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great place to volunteer. Everyone works hard and has fun. When you talk to people picking items up you see real relief, gratitudeand joy.

Donor

Rating: 5

This will be the third year that our family participates in the Giving Angels program. We appreciate the opportunity to give and have found the program to be well run.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization. Does so much good in our community. Hannah's President is so passionate....always looking for ways to do it better.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hannah's Treasure Chest plays a vital role in our community, supporting children in need.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to HTC because they work tirelessly to improve the lives of children. They are always grateful for any donation and try to use everything they can. It is an honor to have such a wonderful place in our community! As I former recipient it is nice to be able to help others now.

1 Alma L. S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hannah's Treasure Chest works tirelessly to amplify services of agencies and provide necessities of daily life for hundreds of struggling families in the Greater Dayton Region. The work HTC does lifts spirits as it raises awareness for ways to give back to families in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place for the community and an even better place to volunteer! Love the people at Hannah's!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hannah's has benefited children and families throughout our community for many years. It is a blessing for those who serve and contribute as well as for those who are in need. Thank you for all that you do!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Hannah's Treasure Chest is the hub that supports the needs of children right here in our own community. It has been a pleasure to watch this organization grow over the years. As a result they help more and more of our community's needy children each year.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity has helped so many families and children in desperate need it astounds me. They ask for exactly what they need from the community, not just monetary donations. My children often ask if we could take things to give to children who may need items. It's a blessing for our community to have them.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If you are looking for an organization that is well run, has a team of fantastic volunteers and supports not only children but also other nonprofit agencies you need to check out Hannah's Treasure Chest!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hannah's Treasure Chest is a great organization to not only donate your gently used children's items to, but their volunteers are some of the most friendly around. They are always willing to help unload donations and offer to take you on a tour where they show you the depths of how they do what they do to help the kids in the community. Keep up the GREAT work!!

2 Robert95

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HTC provides a great service for children in need by giving them care packages of clothes, toys, books, and baby equipment. We even provide cribs. You can work as many days and hours as you like, a very flexible schedule. I work with a friendly and caring group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hannah's Treasure Chest is a fantastic nonprofit the helps children from newborn to 18 years of age with everything from clothes, toys, equipment, books,etc. All volunteers are very dedicated and a pleasure to work with. I really like that the volunteers are not committed to a specific time but can help when it is convenient to do so.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HTC is a WONDERFUL resource for our community to help handicapped families! They help our families provide needed clothing for their children.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After 42 years in public education, I wanted to find a place to volunteer that was very organized, would allow for a flexible schedule, and would in some way help children. I could not have found a better place than Hannah's . I spend each day knowing I have helped many families that for whatever reason have found themselves in need of clothing, bedding, toys, books, high chairs, and so much more for their children. I also meet the wonderful people that donate their gently used items. Without them we would've exist.

4 Suzie8

Donor

Rating: 4

I have donated many items to this great place in the last 3 years & I have participated in the sales they have. The volunteers who have the sales are really nice & great caring people.They take the time to do such a great service for all the needy children. I would recommend donating to this place whenever it is possible. Their sale prices are great & the items. I no longer live in Centerville but I will always remember sharing time with this place & the people.

SuzieHarris