BY ROBERT SANCHEZ
The Cincinnati Enquirer
St. Joseph Orphanage, which has been serving the Tristate since 1829, needs notebooks, folders, pencils and other school supplies for its more than 500 students.
The orphanage's programs aid children who were enrolled in public schools but whose emotional problems prevented them from continuing their education there.
Most of the students are from Hamilton and Butler counties. Money is not available for some of the children's basic school needs, said Maryam Kubasek, community relations coordinator for the orphanage.
"We rely on others' generosity, she said. "I think people think this is a worthwhile thing to do."
The Monfort Heights-based organization combines education with mental-health intervention, she said. Children receive counseling, and sometimes, medication.
WHERE TO DONATE
Sam's Club, 5373 North Bend Road.|
Wal-Mart, 10240 Colerain Ave.
Hare's Pharmacy, 367 N. Seventh St., Hamilton.
Hughes Pharmacy, D and Main streets, Hamilton.
Visconti & Lechler Pharmacy, 6106 Hamilton Ave.
Altercrest facility, 274 Sutton Road, Anderson Township.
"We want these kids to be productive people in society," she said. "Education is one way we can reach our goal."
Operation Help Us Educate Youth (HUEY) is in its first year. The orphanage's budget already was crammed with money-draining programs, and finding school supplies was just another problem for administrators.
"We had so much success with Christmas donations, so we thought we would try this," said Gail McMahon, an orphanage spokeswoman. "This was one way people out here can give back to their community."
Donations such as notebooks, folders and pencils are recommended. Drop boxes will be at seven locations, including the orphanage's main campus at 5400 Edalbert Drive.