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Family in need of $100 Visa Gift Card for specific back-to-school items

We have a family that has a child with a disability who is in need of specific back-to-school items. A $100 visa gift card would give this family the flexibility to get this child what he needs for the upcoming school year. 

Help with back to school clothing, 2 children

Parent would prefer gift cards to Target and/or Old Navy so children can help pick out clothing items. 2 girls, Pre-K and 5th grade. 

Family in need of bath towels

Family of 5 is in need of bath towels.

Family in need of furniture and clothing


Still need mens and womens clothes, curtains, pillows, shoe organizer, towels, and 1 dresser. 

Family that just moved to Lewis Center is in need of all the basics to start their life here.

- 2 queen bed frames, mattress, pillows and bedding

- 3 dressers

- kitchen table and 4 chairs

- TV

- Blender and a toaster (or sandwich maker)

- shoe rack/organizer

- Floor Lamp

- Bath Towels

- 4 curtains for 2 sets of windows, 84" panels

- Women's size small clothing (for teen) 

- Men's size medium shirts, pants size 34 (for teen)

Family in need of furniture

Full size bed with mattress, pillow, sheets and blankets.

Assistance with Moving

A single parent of two elementary aged children unexpectedly needs to move.  She needs assistance with security deposit (approximately $800) and moving truck assistance.  

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About Olentangy

Betsy Thorne - Area Director 

Betsy has been an Olentangy resident for over 11 years. She was born and raised in Westerville then attended Ohio University where she met her wife, Nikki. Nikki and Betsy have 2 children in the Olentangy district. Both children are active in sports in the district, participating in soccer, football, basketball and gymnastics. Nikki works for a software company out of Phoenix as well as coaches soccer for Columbus United. Betsy worked at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants corporate office for several years before becoming a stay at home Mom when their first child was born, and now works part time for Stratosphere Consulting. Betsy has enjoyed giving back through volunteering in her children’s schools, working with pet rescues and helping with various fundraisers throughout Columbus. Betsy is so excited to promote kindness throughout the Olentangy district with neighborhood bridges.

Heather Gavlak - Area Director

My name is Heather Gavlak and I live in Delaware, OH with my husband, Bobby, and our 3 kids, Grace (8th), Mitch (4th) and Andy (1st) all in Olentangy Schools. I am an Enterprise Architecture Manager for PNC Bank by day and an advocate for Gift of Adoption and Neighborhood Bridges. I feel very strongly about ensuring that children have what they need to be successful and know that they are well loved. In my free time I love to read and watch every sport my children play - which is literally every sport imaginable. As a family, we have a passion for doughnuts and travel around the globe trying all the doughnut places we can find and posting photos of the adventure (@Doughnutters). Unsolicited recommendations for amazing doughnut places are strongly encouraged :)

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