Opportunities for Kindness
A guidance counselor at one of our elementary schools has reached out to us about a student who uses an iPad for communication and as a behavior management tool. The iPad he uses at home was recently broken and the family is financially unable to replace it. This has led to increased struggles with communication and a significant increase in physical behaviors for the family to work through. We are looking for someone who would be willing to donate an iPad to this family in order to support this student. If you have an iPad in great working condition that you would like to do the, please click on I CAN HELP and we will arrange to pick it up from you.
Our partners at One Dublin came to us with an urgent need for a family of five. This family's daughter had leukemia and after lots of treatment is now in remission. However, she still has monthly follow-up appointments with her doctor. The cancer treatments left her with some additional medical issues they are addressing so transportation is a high priority to get her to these appointments. The family has one car, and the car is leaking oil. They took it to a mechanic who said it is in need of extensive repair. We have contacted many mechanics and few are able to do the necessary work on the car. We have scheduled an appointment with a mechanic who is able to do the work on the car and gave the lowest estimate of $1800 for the repair. If you are able to make a monetary donation to help this family, please go to http://bit.ly/nbdublinbridges.
Recently Filled Needs
Winter Boots Needed
A representative from one of the Dublin schools reached out to us about two brothers in need of snow boots. The parents have been struggling financially due to the time they have had to take off due to Covid illnesses in their family. If you have boots to donate, please click on I CAN HELP.
Pressure Cooker Needed
Our partners at One Dublin are seeking assistance for a family of four who recently moved into the area from out of the country. They came with very few items and are seeking a pressure cooker in great working condition. If you have a pressure cooker in great working condition that you would like to donate, please click on I CAN HELP and we will arrange to get it from you.
Latchkey Payment Assistance Needed
A DCS elementary school guidance counselor has reached out to Dublin Bridges about a single mom who needs help to pay her son's latchkey fees so that she can continue to work. The mom cleans houses for a living and her income has declined recently due to Covid. She has been able to pick up more work but needs to have her son in latchkey. If you would like to make a monetary donation to assist this mom, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to you.
Seeking an Electric Portable Heater
Our partners at One Dublin came to us on behalf of a low-income family of 4 who is in need of a portable heater. The second floor of their home is very cold, and they are having to put their children in multiple layers and under several blankets at night to keep them warm. We would like to provide a safe, electric portable heater for this family. If you have a portable heater in great working condition that you would like to donate to this family, please click on I CAN HELP and we will arrange to pick it up from you.
Family needs help with utilities
***This needs was bridged to One Dublin***
A family of 5 is in need of assistance with some utility bills this month. They have been trying to catch up on bills since being off work due to Covid.
Local Family Displaced by Fire
We are reopening this need for a Dublin family who experienced a house fire last week which will displace the family for months. They have a place to stay, but many of their clothes were not able to be washed and salvaged. We have provided them with one gift card but their need is great so we would like to supply the family with additional gift cards to replace clothing and basic items that they are in need of at this time. To make a monetary donation to help this family, please go to http://bit.ly/nbdublinbridges.
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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