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Sycamore Bridges is again partnering with Operation Give Back to collect warm winter coats for the upcoming season. (Yes, we know it's 90 degrees outside, but think Christmas in July.) We are seeking new or very gently used winter coats in all styles and sizes, from Youth XS to Adult. (Gently used items should be free of rips, holes and stains, and have working zippers.) If you have a coat that your child has outgrown or a teenager who refuses to wear a coat, reply to this post and we will email you a list of drop off locations for your donation. If you prefer to purchase a new coat, we put together this AMAZON LIST for your convenience. Just select Sycamore Bridges as your shipping address and your item(s) will be mailed directly to us. Tax receipts will be provided upon request. We appreciate you helping take care of our neighbors!

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HBCU Night at the Ballpark

Sycamore Bridges is working with the HS administration to send a busload of students to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Night at the Ballpark, sponsored by the Cincinnati Reds. In addition to the Reds game, the event includes an HBCU Panel, a fan zone with pre-game mixer (complete with DJ Prymtime, an HBCU band/majorette performance, representatives from various college campus organizations, a stroll competition, and black-owned vendors), on-field ceremonies, and a post-game performance by Deisel (aka Shaq)! Not only will this event be a memory for the record books, it will introduce Sycamore students to a future pathway that may not have otherwise been accessible or on their radar. 

The HBCU represented that evening include: Central State University, Fisk University, Florida A&M University (FAMU), Hampton University, Jackson State University, Kentucky State University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T State University (NCATSU), Southern University, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB), Wilberforce University, and Black Sports Professionals (BSP Cincy).

The Sycamore HS administrative team is reaching out to current juniors and seniors who would benefit from this experience. Tickets cost $25, and we hope to support 40 students for this amazing opportunity. Sycamore Schools will be providing the chaperones and transportation. If you would like to make a donation, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

Protein for the Pantry

Sycamore Bridges was contacted by Operation Give Back's Food Pantry to help put protein on their shelves. OGB Food Pantry attendance has recently doubled, and OGB remains committed to ensuring all families include meat and protein in their meals. It costs roughly $50/family for this portion of a family's shopping trip. Families are permitted visit the pantry once every six weeks. If you would like to sponsor a family (or two), reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

Summer Bridge Program

Sycamore Bridges was contacted by the high school administration to help fund snacks that will be served during a special summer bridge program for roughly 50 at-risk high school students. The program is designed to create connections and make students feel comfortable in the high school. The event will take place early August. We plan to cover $100 worth of food for the two-day program. If you would like to offer assistance, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

Utility Bill Assistance

Sycamore Bridges is currently assisting a single mom with her July bills. Mom fell behind on utility payments back in January when her winter electric bills began exceeding her monthly budget. She was able to pay off this hefty balance to avoid disconnection, but is now in danger of falling behind on other utility payments. We would like to assist with her water ($143.13) and phone/internet ($165.52) invoices to bring her back to zero balances. Providing this relief will allow her some financial freedom for the first time in the recent past. If you would like to offer assistance, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

Barbie Dream House Donation

Sycamore Bridges received a beautiful, gently used Barbie Dream House + furnishings, along with a Barbie Camper and three new Barbie sets. We are so excited to share this gift with two young ladies who have wished for a Barbie Dream House for as long as they can remember. We are so grateful for donations like this with so much life and love left to give. 

Sycamore HS Dance Team

Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a high school counselor to assist a student who recently joined the Sycamore High School Dance Team. This student is very excited about the opportunity that lies ahead, but is struggling to afford the summer Dance Team Camp at a cost of $493. We do not want the student to miss this opportunity to receive instruction, bond with the team, and create lasting high school memories. Our goal is to offset the cost as much as possible. If you would like to contribute to this request, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

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About Sycamore

Lori Drasnin, Area Director

Lori Drasnin is an active Sycamore parent and volunteer.  She previously served as PTO President for Montgomery Elementary, as well as PTO Treasurer at Montgomery Elementary, E.H. Greene Intermediate, and Sycamore Junior High School.  Over the past decade, Lori has chaired too many PTO events and fundraisers to count and brought innovation and updated programs to our local schools.  Lori also organized a Bedtime Bundle collection from the YWCA Battered Women's Shelter from 2014-2017, and served on the board of Ohio Cleats for Kids (C4K) until taking this role.

Lori holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, as well as a law degree from Emory University.  She practiced 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 enjoys serving the greater Sycamore community and bridging kindness across the neighborhood.

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