Opportunities for Kindness
Single parent with 3 young children have recently moved to the area and they are in need of a dryer. The children are also in need of clothing and their sizes are below:
8 year old female: Shirt size 6-7, pants size 6-7 or 7/8, shoe size kids 13-1, coat size 6, new socks
6 year old female: Shirt size 5, pants size 6, shoe size kids 12, coat size 5, new socks
5 year old male: Shirt size 5, pants size 6, shoe size kids 12, (coat size 5: already donated), new socks
**All clothing items have been donated.
We are still looking for a dryer.
Recently Filled Needs
Shoes for High School Girl
Student prefers Vans-style shoes (no laces, slip on). Size 10 in women; link for example - https://www.dickssportinggoods...
No pink/bright colors, please. Prefers checkered or black/white shoe (not all white).
Elementary student in need of pulls up and wipes for school
Student with special needs is in need of a case of girls Pampers Ninjama's size small/medium, and a case of wipes to keep at school.
4th & 5th Grade students in need of various colored folders
Family in Need
Family of 4 who has fallen on hard times is in need of laundry detergent and gas gift cards to get to medical appointments for their child's illness.
***The detergent has been donated.
Family with Language Barrier in Need
A 4th grade student who does not speak English is in need of a chromebook in order to translate information to his native language including academic and extracurricular assignments.
Kroger Gift Cards
I have had several single parent homes express being overwhelmed with not having enough funds to pay for the high price of groceries. These parents are currently working and barely able to make ends meet - some parents are working over 40 hours and still unable to afford to provide for their students. I am asking for 6 $50 Kroger GCs that I can give to families in the next month who need help with food insecurity.
neighborhood bridges Pataskala will be the FIRST community to serve two school districts!
The students and families in need from Southwest Licking Schools and Licking Heights Schools will be served and directly impacted through our work.
Carol Stoffel - Area Director
Carol has been a life long resident of Pataskala. She graduated from Ohio University with an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Studies and was married to Steve, her high school sweetheart, for 43 years until cancer took his life in 2000. Together they have two married sons who both graduated from Watkins Memorial High School, and four wonderful grandchildren. Steve spent 35 years working at The Ohio State University and The James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute, with much of his career being in Human Resources. Carol was secretary at Etna Elementary School for 20 years. After retiring she has been a substitute secretary for Southwest Licking Local Schools for 15 years. She is active in her church and has been a volunteer for Hospice of Central Ohio for 15 years. Carol considers it an honor to promote kindness in her community through Pataskala Bridges.
Megan Myers - Area Director
Megan is a life long (mostly) resident of Pataskala, only living away for four years in Augusta, Georgia and three years in Clintonville. She attended Miami University and received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. After moving to Augusta to teach, she decided Ohio was calling her home, and she returned to teach in the school she, her parents, and grandparents attended. She received her Master’s degree from Ashland University in Curriculum and Instruction, and taught for 33 years before retiring in 2019. She still volunteers in the schools when she can. Megan loves travel, and spending time hiking in nature. She is excited to continue helping kids and families through her work with Neighborhood Bridges.