Hannah’s Treasure Chest (Hannah’s) is a children’s clothing bank – and so much more – that has been enriching the lives of children in need since its inception in 2001. Hannah’s serves a large four-county region in and around the city of Dayton, Ohio. As a conduit for basic necessities such as clothing, shoes, equipment, books and toys, the organization has been evolving in size, scope and structure. The idea for Hannah’s originally came when Angela Addington found that friends and co-workers were more than willing to share their gently used baby and children’s items with those who could use them. During that first year, Hannah’s distributed 2,898 items of clothing, furniture, and toys through two partners.Today, Hannah’s occupies an 8,000 sq ft warehouse facility and employs two staff members. Warehouse responsibilities are supervised and staffed by a corps of more than 60 dedicated volunteers.
Hannah’s collaborates with over 50 partner agencies in Montgomery, Greene, Warren, and Butler counties. During 2012 alone, over 7,000 children were served by Hannah’s. Executive Director Sarah Williams said, “By providing gently used children’s items, the families Hannah's serves are able to allocate their limited financial resources to other basic needs for the family.” Hannah’s is pretty darn close to being a zero waste facility and works hard to close the loop. Materials that come in that can't be used for its partner’s families, such as adult clothing, accessories and books, and items that don’t meet the “Hannah standard” set by the volunteer corps are re-donated through a vibrant network of reuse partners that take almost anything you can imagine.
When in need of a particular resource it hasn’t been able to get through its donors (e.g. shoes and socks), Hannah's purchases those items from local thrift stores. Sarah adds, “We have a duty to be stewards of our internal resources and also the earth’s resources.” In addition to the obvious environmental and the social impacts, Hannah’s also offers a tremendous economic impact locally. For every $10 dollars donated, Hannah’s provides $90 worth of goods back to out the community. That plus the tax benefits enjoyed by donors really creates a win-win-win. When asked why she choose to connect with Reuse Alliance, Sarah said that, “Becoming a Reuse Alliance member is the next step in Hannah’s Treasure Chest’s evolution. As a nonprofit we have a duty to be excellent stewards of our resources, both financial and in-kind, and we advocate for others to follow our example. We are and will continue to be dedicated to the process of reuse throughout the entire organization.” For more info, click here.