“Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” she said to donors. “We are going to make a lot of children feel secure and loved.”
The Caring Closet, a charity at D and Main streets that distributes clothes to Hamilton kids, now most could use cash donations, said Tammy Bucher Sims, its executive director. That’s because the past two years the organization has had to cancel its annual fundraiser, Hamilton Witches’ Night Out because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That event typically raises enough money to pay the organization’s rent and utilities for the year.
“She checked in with me this year and said, ‘Hey, what else do you need?’” Bucher Sims said. “I was able to give her a list, and she was able to purchase lots of things off of that list. Honestly, that was so incredibly helpful.”
“She’s such a kind woman with a giant heart,” Bucher Sims said. “We’re so thankful for her.”
Families in recent weeks have been donating clothing and other items to The Caring Closet, and not much has been going out during the winter break, so “the biggest need at this point is we need money,” especially because of the lack of the fundraiser. If the 2022 Witches’ Night Out can happen despite the pandemic, it will be on Oct. 21, for women only.
To donate directly to The Caring Closet, people can write a check and send it to The Caring Closet, PO Box 684, 6 South D St., Hamilton OH 45011. Its website is thecaringclosethamilton.com. Those wishing to tour The Caring Closet can make an appointment by emailing email@example.com.
The St. Antoninus School’s “Girls On The Run” club in Hamilton County’s Green Twp. collected socks from classmates, as did several other groups.
“A lot of local folks gave small and large donations,” Runzer said. “That is what makes it so great in my mind. Community.”