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Hundreds of care packages delivered to women at Walnut Hills treatment center

Posted at 11:45 AM, May 08, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Kandra Barnes said she was never used to people helping her so much until she came to a treatment center in Walnut Hills.

The mother of two got a little extra help Wednesday morning; Barnes was among the women at First Step Homewho received care packages from the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, Fern Expo and the American Public Human Services Association.

First Step Home allows women with substance use disorders live with their children while they are in recovery. The goal is to allow women to achieve self-sufficiency and to provide a safe space for their children.

Donors delivered 125 care packages. Each bag includes a hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, lotion and lip balm.

Kathy Dawn, senior sales manager for Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the initiative started as a way to provide everyday items to people in the community.

“The women here are warriors,” Dawn said. “They are here to make a difference, and with this organization, they are coming out as stronger women nowadays.”

Barnes said she appreciates the care packages because some people can’t afford to buy toiletries.

“All the help that I’ve been getting, it’s truly amazing and God sent,” Barnes said.