Opportunities for Kindness
Dublin Bridges has been providing bags full of a variety of snacks to families who are utilizing the Dublin City Schools free lunch program during the COVID-19 crisis. We have been providing 300 bags of snacks per week and need to increase this amount to over 500 bags per week, in order to continue to serve the families that are in need of food. Dublin Bridges is seeking financial donations in order to help with the cost of purchasing these snacks. If you are able to contribute, please click on I CAN HELP and a link for donations will be sent to your email. ***Due to COVID-19, we are unable to take donations of supplies. We are only able to take financial donations for this need at this time.***
The Dublin Food Pantry is in need of hand sanitizer. Any type or size is appreciated. If you have some that you can donate. please bring it to them at The Dublin Community Church, 81 W Bridge Street, lower level. There is a box inside the doors for donations. The doors will be open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Mponday thru Friday. Thank you!
In the spirit of Mr. Rogers, we are finding the helpers. Dublin Bridges has opened its Gateway to Kindness to encourage ANY resident of the Dublin community to come forward and seek assistance for a neighbor in need. We are taking these steps to give kindness in our community a larger platform and share kindness in its purest form. In other words, we are finding the helpers. If you know of a neighbor in need, please reply to this post and we will contact you for necessary information.
If you would like to help, please reply to this post with what you can offer (for example, food delivery, grocery shopping, tutoring over the phone/FaceTime, yard work, etc...). We will only consider service needs that support social distancing.
Through this post, we are collecting names and creating a database of helpers. We will reach out to you via email if/when needs arise. We do not know what to expect in this uncertain time, but we have every confidence we can make a difference together.
Recently Filled Needs
Family Needs Assistance with Gas Bill
A Dublin family with three children has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The father lost his job and was temporarily unemployed for a period of time. He has found new employment but with fewer hours and the family is struggling to catch up on expenses. They are unable to pay their current gas bill of $64.71. Please click on I CAN HELP if you would like to donate to help this family and a payment link will be sent to you.
Snacks for Students
We are asking for help with our current project, Snacks for Students. Snacking is important for children because their smaller stomachs fill up fast and they burn energy quickly. While breakfasts and lunches are being offered, snacks are not. We plan to provide snacks for students at each of the Dublin City Schools Free Breakfast and Lunch pick up locations. We are hoping to do another snack distribution this Friday as well as at least once a week during the school closing.
Financial donations for clothing needed
Dublin Bridges was contacted by one of our DCS guidance counselors on behalf of a single dad and two children. This dad is filing for emergency custody of his children after the mother left the family to move out of state. After recently losing his job, they moved in with a friend and unfortunately that living situation didn’t work out. In the process of moving, the children lost most of their clothing and toys. Dad is newly working again, but struggling to put in enough hours because the kids are home all day. Dublin Bridges is seeking financial donations to purchase gift cards that will be used for clothing for the children. If you can contribute funds towards the purchase of gift cards, click on I CAN HELP, and you will be sent an email with instructions to complete your donation.
Groceries Needed for Senior Citizen
A social worker with Syntero is working with a senior citizen with many physical issues, including constant pain. Food stamps run out before the end of each month although he utilizes Meals on Wheels appropriately. There is no family to help. We would like to provide groceries for him.
Gift Cards needed for groceries
We are seeking financial donations to purchase grocery gift cards for a family in need. We previously posted to find a thermometer for this family and have discovered that they are also in need of groceries. The father in this family has been off work for the past two years due to a cancer diagnosis and treatment. The mother also can no longer work due to illness. The daughter, who contributes financially to the family, has had her hours cut due to current layoffs. They are currently all under quarantine. We would like to get a grocery gift card for the family and then plan to use a volunteer to shop for this family. If you would like to donate to this family, please click on I CAN HELP and a payment link will be sent to you.
Single Mom in Need of Help with Electric Bill
An advocate with Son Ministries has asked Dublin Bridges for help in assisting a single mom with 3 young children who attend Dublin schools. The family emigrated to the United States, fleeing from an abusive husband. Two of her children have chronic health problems. Son Ministries, along with other local agencies, is helping her with food and other basic necessities. Dublin Bridges would like to pay $400 for her electric bill. If you would like to donate towards this need, please click on I CAN HELP and a payment link will be sent to you.
Dublin Bridges is seeking a new, or very gently used, thermometer for a family in need. The health department has recommended that this family monitor their temperatures and the thermometer that they own is broken. The father in this family has been off work for the past 2 years due to a cancer diagnosis and treatment. The mother also can no longer work due to illness. The daughter, who contributes financially to the family, has recently had her hours cut due to current layoffs. They are now all quarantined and need to monitor their temperatures frequently due to being immune compromised. If you have a thermometer to donate, please click on I CAN HELP.
Jill Kranstuber, Area Director
Jill is a New Jersey native who moved to Ohio over 30 years ago to attend The Ohio State University. She and her husband Chuck, an attorney and past Dublin City Council Member, past Mayor of Dublin and current Washington Township Trustee have 7 children, all of whom have attended Dublin City Schools. She is also the proud grandmother to 2 year old Oliver. Jill is an active volunteer in the schools and the community. She is the current PTO President at Dublin Coffman High School as well as a member of the Key Communicators at DCHS. She is also a long-time volunteer for the Dublin Irish Festival. In the past, Jill was the Development Director of AIDSWalk Central Ohio. Jill is excited about the opportunity that Dublin Bridges will provide to those in need in our community.
Sarah Savage, Area Director
Sarah has been a Dublin resident for over 15 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Education and Counseling Psychology from Vanderbilt University and her Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling from The Ohio State University. Sarah and her husband, Brian, a Dublin Coffman graduate and local business owner, have 3 children. Sarah loves being involved in Dublin Schools, her childrens' classrooms and the community. She is currently PTO President and member of Key Communicators at Eli Pinney Elementary School and volunteers as a committee chair for the Mount Carmel St. Ann's Women's Auxiliary. She was previously a clinical mental health counselor at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Gahanna Jefferson Schools. Sarah is thrilled to promote kindness in our amazing community through Dublin Bridges.
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