Photo provided by Michael Mitchell

Photo provided by Michael Mitchell

By Michael Mitchell

The Cincinnati Herald

On Saturday, December 12, 2020, My Kidz held their 8th Annual Toy Drive. The drive became a toy drop, held at Woodward High School, due to Covid-19. All toys and food cars were given to Project Connect and they will be distributed to families with children experiencing homelessness in the Cincinnati Public School District.

In the past eight years more than 10,000 toys and gift card were distributed to 2,100 families. My Kidz received its non-profit status in 2020, under the leadership of Dr. Carolyn Cousins-Bates, founder and CEO. The organization has worked with Project Connect for 8 years under the direction of Rebeka Beach and Rhonda Lewis. They have stated children experiencing homelessness are on the rise at a higher rate than last year.

My Kidz would like to thank the following: the Board of Trustees for My Kidz: sponsors Meijer, Kroger, Fast Tract It, and the students at Purcell Marian High School, directed by the National Honor Society, collected toys and gift cards.

“It’s great to see young people helping other young people. No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care,” Cousins-Bates said.

For more information about My Kidz, visit

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