This article was originally published in the Dayton Daily News which can be found here. The Bellbrook Sugarcreek Community Support Center provides everything from food, hygiene products, diapers, household items, clothes and other social services. A “birthday wishes” program created by executive director Kelsey Hurlburt allows clients in need to sign up their child to receive a gift purchased by a community member and a cupcake from a local bakery.

The number receiving services from the center has increased from just a few families before the pandemic to more than 50 per week, most from the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek area. While much of the massive increase can be attributed to increased visibility of the center, part of it is due to lingering effects of COVID.