Opportunities for Kindness
A family of 6 needs help paying the remaining balance of their rent for December so they can stay for the rest of the month. The balance is $500. If you would like to contribute, please click the “I Can Help” button and you will receive instructions how to make an online payment.
Recently Filled Needs
Sycamore Family Displaced From Home in Need of Food/Gas Cards
A family in the Sycamore district with two high school students has recently been removed from their apartment and is living in temporary housing. They would benefit greatly from Kroger gift cards, which can be used for food or gas during this transitional time. If you would like to donate a Kroger gift card, please click "I Can Help". For your convenience, cash donations will also be converted to gift cards for the family.
Communication Device and App Wanted for Early Elementary Age Student
An early elementary age student with significant communication needs, as well as a medical condition, is in need of an iPad and a communication app called Touch Chat to use at home and in the community. The student has gained much independence with this program at school among teachers and peers. The student can independently make requests, greet peers, and spell words; therefore allowing the student to participate in discussions and lessons, both in and out of the classroom. Unfortunately, the device that this student currently uses must remain at school. This student has no way of communicating except for a few signs and pointing at home and in the community.
Are you upgrading your iPad this holiday season? If so, we would love your gently used iPad so our student can continue progressing with communication outside of school. Alternatively, we are accepting donations to purchase a new entry-level iPad ($300). In addition, we are seeking donations to purchase Touch Chat ($300) and a protective OtterBox (~$70) for the iPad. If you have an iPad to spare, or would like to make a financial donation, please click below.
New, Safe Tires Needed for Child Transport
Great Grandmother/Grandmother is in desperate need of 4 new tires to safely transport her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Great Grandmother is the main support of these kids and does not have the financial means to replace her badly worn, unsafe tires. We worked a deal with Tire Discounters in Kenwood and are seeking financial donations to cover the cost. If you would like to contribute, please click the button below.
Family Needs Funds to Heat Home
We have a Sycamore family that has run low on home heating oil and cannot effectively heat their house. As winter approaches, they are becoming increasingly concerned. Sycamore Bridges has received a discounted rate and free delivery from Hudson Oil. We are hoping to collect enough funds to get them through our coldest months based on average winter oil consumption rates; or approximately $475.00. If you would like to make a donation, please click the "I Can Help" button below.
HS Student in Need of Food Gift Cards
Sycamore High School student experiencing financial hardship could greatly benefit from a bit of help purchasing groceries. Student is an athlete who is currently "in season", which makes it hard to maintain their part-time job. Kroger, Aldi, Chipotle, and Jade Kitchen were mentioned as places the student typically goes.
Food and Clothing Gift Cards Needed for Single Mom
A single mother of three (elementary, junior high, and high school) is having difficulty keeping up with expenses. We are hoping to alleviate some of her burden by providing her with food and clothing gift cards. Any denomination to Kroger and Kohl's are much appreciated. Monetary donations are also being accepted and will be converted into gift cards for the family.
Family Seeking Help for Electric Bill
Single mom with three children is struggling to make payments on her electric bill. To avoid a disruption in her service, we are seeking donations to help her get through this difficult time. If you would like to contribute, please click the "I Can Help" button.
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.