Opportunities for Kindness
Several weeks ago, a family arrived in UA after being displaced from their previous home. The remaining family members are saving up enough to afford a flight and deposits for a home and car.
Please take a moment to see if there is anything you can help provide and/or share with others that may be interested in helping. Even the smallest donation means so much to this family. Your contribution directly impacts the well-being of a young life.
From the post last week, several UA residents have been generous to provide Kroger gift cards, some blankets, and socks. Below are the items still needed, and some additional requests that have come up.
16 (girl), 15 (girl), 11 (boy), 9 (girl), 7 (boy)
New comforter blankets
Kroger gift cards
Visa gift cards for gas and other incidentals
Clothes Mentor/Plato's closets/thrift store gift cards
3- Plastic lightweight portable storage shelves for organizing clothes
Canned goods, pantry items (just about anything)
Boys pants and sweatshirts size 7/8
Girls pants and sweatshirts size 7/8
Boys shoes size 4 (sandals, Crocs style, tennis)
The children are very active and want to participate in social events in their new community. Could your family or organization sponsor a night out? (Ex. money for tickets and snacks to school football game, movie passes). If you have any other ideas, please reach out to use and we will help connect you.
Recently Filled Needs
Family displaced by Maui wildfires in need
A family of 6, 1 adult and 5 children, have moved back to UA to stay with family after being displaced by the recent Maui wildfires. Below are some immediate needs and we anticipate more needs to come in the near future and to help create a new sustainable home for this family. Let's show this family how UA can wrap around them to support them. Thank you for your kindness!
16, 15, 6th grade, 4th grade, 3rd grade
5- Comforter blankets
Kroger gift cards
Visa gift cards
3- Plastic lightweight portable storage shelves
Local Family in Need of Two Full Size Mattresses
Two full size mattresses are needed.
Single parent family in need of support
A mother and daughter (age 10) are in critical need of some household supplies and personal care items. Due to medical conditions, the family is struggling to manage expenses and do not have any left over to cover basic needs. Below is a list of items they could use. Any donations or purchases are greatly appreciated!
Gas cards (Kroger or Speedway)
Gift card for car oil change
Grocery gift cards (Kroger or Aldi)
Pet food (Cat, Dog, Rabbit)
Women's size 8 shoe/size 5 socks
Girls size 5 sneakers
Girls large cotton underwear
Hand soap, dishwasher detergent, household cleaning spray, toilet bowl cleaner
Paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, Ziploc gallon and sandwich bags, dryer sheets
Unscented lotion, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, bandaids
Feminine pads/tampons/panty liners
Women's deodorant and razors
Clothing items needed for older adult
An older adult female is in need of the following:
Five T-Shirts size 4x/5x (5 total shirts)
Women's underwear size 4XL (6 or more pairs)
Sports bras size 4x (2 or more pairs)
Thank you for your generosity!
Adult having difficulty affording basic needs
A middle aged adult is in the midst of starting a new job this week. They had gotten behind on bills and expenses while they were job searching. Several bills have pilled up and they are trying to not get delinquent. Your donation will help them get back on their feet and stabilized, as well as continue to care for their dog. Funds will go towards food and gas cards while they manage to budget and pay off the other expenses.
Gift cards to Giant Eagle are appreciated
Pedigree dog food (Complete nutrition- yellow bag)
UA Resident unemployed and unable to pay taxes
Middle aged UA resident is job seeking but due to limited finances, is unable to pay local income tax.
Seeking donations to bring current on amount owed. Your donation is greatly appreciated and will allow this resident to focus on other basic needs.
About Upper Arlington
Krystin Macaluso, Area Director
Krystin is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio in 1997 to attend Ohio University where she met her husband, Tony, a native of Upper Arlington. After graduating with a degree in Organizational Communication, Krystin worked in the nonprofit and higher education sectors before obtaining her Real Estate license and joining Tony at Coldwell Banker Realty. Krystin and Tony have two sons. Krystin is an active volunteer in the community and Upper Arlington schools. She has also been involved with PTO, Kitchen Kapers, Pleasure Guild for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and is a Parishioner at St. Agatha Catholic Church. Krystin is excited about the opportunity that Neighborhood Bridges will bring to spread kindness throughout the Upper Arlington community!