Anna McDonald, a 56-year-old Dublin resident, first heard about Welcome Warehouse in 2015, when she and her husband, Sam, were given custody of their three grandchildren.

When McDonald and her husband first took in their grandchildren -- a girl and two boys, now 15, 12 and 5 years old -- they were in need of bedding, and the nonprofit organization provided beds for all three.

"That was such a blessing," McDonald said.

Welcome Warehouse, 6305 Brand Road, also provided Christmas gifts for the children in 2016 and 2017, and even helped the family pay a water bill, McDonald said.

Whenever the family is in need, she said, Welcome Warehouse provides help.

The McDonald family is just one example of the helpful services the Dublin organization provides families within the Dublin City School District.

Welcome Warehouse operates a facility where families can obtain free clothing and personal care and household items.

The organization also has a bed donation program to obtain twin-sized mattresses for children without beds.

Other initiatives include the winter holiday adopt-a-family program and back-to-school outreach, in which children are given school supplies and backpacks.

Families also can receive short-term financial assistance with utility or medical bills, or other basic needs.

Jean Griffith, executive director of Welcome Warehouse, said the goal is to help families achieve stability when they need temporary help financially or in other areas.

"We just want to get the family into a stable situation and provide the resources they need to thrive," Griffith said.

Welcome Warehouse will hold its biggest annual fundraiser, Celebrate Community Cabaret Style, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at La Scala, 4199 W. Dublin-Granville Road.

This is the third year for the event, Griffith said. Last year, $23,000 was raised, and Griffith said she hopes this year's event raises as much as $30,000.

The event funds all of the organization's programs and services.

Last year the organization had the biggest impact yet in terms of people served, Griffith said.

That included a 27 percent increase in emergency funds distributed to help people with utility shut-offs, gas cards, medical bills and basic needs and a 22 percent increase in the number of beds distributed to children, Griffith said.

Welcome Warehouse also doubled the size of its back-to-school outreach over the past couple of years, which includes distributing backpacks and school supplies.

The organization also had a 27 percent increase in the number of children served through last year's adopt-a-family winter holiday program.

More information about Celebrate Community Cabaret Style is available at www.welcomewarehouse.org.

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