Opportunities for Kindness
Recently Filled Needs
Sycamore Family Seeking Kroger Gift Cards
Sycamore Bridges was contaced by a school counselor to assist a family who is struggling to find stable employment. They have two students, one with special needs who requires reliable, but not always available, transportation to and from Children's Hospital. Because they are experiencing financial hardship, we would like to provide them with Kroger gift cards ($400) to purchase food and gas. If you would like to make a contribution, please reply to this post and donation instructions will be emailed to you.
Sycamore High School Students Need Help Staying Hydrated
Sycamore High School is seeking reusable water bottles for students. Because of COVID-19 safety precautions, the water fountains have been turned off this year and many students are going without water during the day. This is having a negative impact on how they feel. We are seeking 100 reusable water bottles (20oz-30oz) to provide to students as needed. *Note: The water bottle refilling stations for personal water bottles remain open throughout the building. As an increased COVID-19 safety measure, each water bottle must be new or in unused condition. We also ask they not contain any personally identifable information, such as logos, names, etc.
If you would like to donate an unused water bottle, please submit a response and donation instructions will be emailed to you. Alternatively, use this Amazon link to purchase water bottles that ship directly to fill the need.
Utility Bill Assistance Needed
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a community advocate to assist a single mom who is experiencing a drastic change in circumstances. Because of the unexpected situation, she is seeking assistance with her utility bill this month. The total amount needed is $177.45. This need was filled before being posted.
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a community advocate to provide a countertop microwave to a local family. The goal is to make meal preparation more accommodating for children when their parent is working. This need was filled before being posted!
Rent Assistance for Family Affected by Covid
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a school counselor to assist a single mom with her rent. She missed work while recovering from Covid, and has since fallen behind on her rent. We are seeking $650 to cover her overdue rent through January. This need was filled before being posted.
Urgent - Local Family Needs New Furnace
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a school nurse to help a local family finance a new furnace. The furnance stopped working last week and requires immediate replacement. Unfortunately the single mom's employment hours have been decreased during the pandemic, and her already tight budget is not prepared for this expense. We would like to offset the cost of $3900 as much as we can. If you would like to make a financial contribution, please reply to this post and donation instructions will be emailed to you.
Lori Drasnin, Area Director
Lori Drasnin is an active Sycamore parent and volunteer. She previously
served as PTO President for Montgomery Elementary, and currently serves as
Treasurer for E.H. Greene Intermediate. Over the past eight years, Lori has
chaired too many PTO events and fundraisers to count, and brought innovative
and updated programs to the local schools. Lori also organized a Bedtime Bundle
collection for the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter from 2014-2017, and serves on
the board of Ohio Cleats for Kids (C4K).
Lori holds undergraduate degrees from The University of Michigan, as well as a law degree from Emory University. She practiced product liability defense for six years at Dinsmore in Cincinnati, OH before “retiring” to stay home and raise her children. Lori is married to husband, Jeff, has two boys, Matthew and Ryan, and two puggles, Max & Erma.
Lori looks forward to serving the greater Sycamore community and bridging kindness across the neighborhood.