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Opportunities for Kindness

Lice kits


Family has struggled to get rid of lice for school age student and the they need 3 kits with metal combs (per school nurse metal comb kits work better). The price of these kits range from $28-$35 depending on where you can find 3 of the same kit.

Furnace Needs Repaired


A young family is in need of a repair to their furnace. They have young children in their home and currently have no heat. The young mother attends SWL Schools, but has been displaced and is not currently living in the district. We are looking for someone to possibly repair the furnace, or donations to help pay for the repairs. We will not know the cost until we have someone look at the furnace. 


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Recently Filled Needs

Quarters and laundry pods


Family has a need for quarters and laundry pods.

Clothing need


Pregnant HS student in need of some clothing to help with growing baby bump. XL sweatshirt and tshirts in black, grey, and dark blue please a tshirt/shorts pj set XL - not too many since student will need larger ones in a few more months.

High School Students with Technology Needs


Two high school students need chrome books to complete school work at home and improve academic success.  Neither student has access to technology of any kind at home and both have a financial need.  They currently are unable to complete their schoolwork at home. 

Update to sweatshirt need please


Student also needs size 2XL leggings (not wide legged) and some bras size 40 C with underwire but stretchy please - maybe 2 sports bras XL.  Student has one bra.

Nine year old in need of winter gear


A family is looking for assistance in getting their 9 year old son some winter gear. He could use gloves, hats and a coat. He wears size 18 youth. Thank you!!

Sweatshirt need


Student is in need of some sweatshirts because she wears the same one everyday which is very stained and not wearable.  She is a 3XL and darker colors is preferred because this student struggles with hygiene and laundry.  

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About Pataskala

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.

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