Making Gifts Local, Personal

Think about areas of poverty in Greater Cincinnati and West Chester probably isn’t first on the list.

Yet there are people in need everywhere, so TQL’s Cincinnati, OH (North) office raised $1,000 for Reach Out Lakota as part of the TQL Cares for the Holidays program.

The TQL Foundation made a gift match to push the total donation to $1,500. The money will help provide food and Christmas presents for about 60 children.

“It was a cause everyone could get around,” said STL Josh B. “They’re working in the Lakota School District and helping people close to us, people we see every day.”

Reach Out Lakota – a non-profit suppling more than a 1,000 items of clothing and 18,000 pounds of food a month in the northern suburbs - has been around for more than 20 years helping neighbors in need.

Cincy North first worked with the organization a couple years ago, volunteering man hours over the summer to help landscape and paint their facility.

“When we were looking for something to do for the holidays, I thought of them,” Josh said. “They’re really helping people in a place where you might not think there is a lot of need.

“TQL does so much good in Cincinnati and all over, but we really wanted to do something local for the people close to where we work.”

Cincy North will continue its relationship with Reach Out Lakota, going on site to help sort stocking stuffers Dec. 9. They’ll also help collect, sort and distribute back-to-school items in 2016.

Let us know your story and how you’re helping your communities this holiday season. Send photos and/or videos of your volunteer work to We’ll highlight some of them on the Life At TQL social media channels and here on the blog site.

Because TQL Cares.

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