Opportunities for Kindness
This comes from a family using the Worthington Resource Center and from a family in their service area.
Help is desperately needed for a family of six, including four children, who recently lost everything they had in a fire.
- Most needed items are mattresses as most members of the family are currently sleeping on the floor - FILLED!
- New or gently used clothes for the children. - FILLED
- Size 10-12 for a girl
- Size 7-8 for two boys who wear the same size
- Size 9-12 months for a baby girl.
- Furniture items are also needed
- Dining table and chairs - FILLED
- Dressers or plastic storage for clothes/toys
- High chair
- Baby gates
Cash donations are welcome and will be used to purchase items needed by the family.
Recently Filled Needs
Help with car repair cost
A single mom in our area is having car troubles. Her 5 year old son is currently living with another family that can transport him to and from daycare so she can take the bus to work everyday until she gets her car fixed. She had the car towed to a repair shop and the estimate for needed repairs is $700. We would like to raise $200 to help offset the cost and get her reunited with her son as quickly as possible!
Rent Assistance for Ill Father
Please consider donating to help a family, who have two elementary-age children, with their rent. Both parents recently lost their jobs and obtained new ones; however the father recently found out that he will need surgery this month and that has been greatly affecting their finances due to lost work time.
Help with mental health co-pay
A Worthington middle school has been struggling with anxiety and depression for a while. The family has been to Nationwide Children’s Hospital(NCH) for mental health crisis 3 times in the past six weeks. He was referred to the Critical Assessment and Treatment Clinic after his first visit and he has weekly appointments ever since. He has one suicide attempt and excessive thoughts of hurting himself almost daily. We were referred to Dublin Springs for their PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program) and IOP (Intense Outpatient Program) by his crisis therapist because he does not qualify for their programs - given he is under the age of 13 and not to mention the extensive wait lists that comes with NCH. The family had his intake assessment at Dublin Springs today and he was accepted into the program with a start date of January 7th. It’s a 6 week treatment course that is all day every day for 3 weeks and then he will transition into the IOP, which is 3 days at Dublin Springs, and 2 days at school to help him transition back into the regular school day for the next 3 weeks. This treatment could be life saving for him but the family is not able to cover the extensive cost, even after insurance. He has to be monitored 24 hours a day. The treatment plan is a combination of group therapy, individual therapy, a combination of art/music therapy, and medication management. Money raised will be directly paid to Dublin Springs for his treatment.
Single mother of six in need of assistance
Our partners at the Worthington Resource Pantry have a neighbor in need of assistance. This is a single mother of six.
FILLED!! Thank you! 1) Due to a problem with a toilet that malfunctioned this mother has a $350.00 water bill that she is unable to pay. Her water is currently scheduled to be turned off Jan. 7th. She is currently working and trying to provide for her children. Any help towards paying this water bill would really help her out.
2) In need of a stove/oven. Her current stove is not working and is very old and would cost too much to fix it. She is working and trying to provide for her children. Any help she could get towards purchasing a new stove would be very helpful.
Van window was shot out by an unknown person - needs $40 to pay a salvage lot for the replacement window
A neighbor woke up to find that the driver's side window of the van that is primarily used by the family had been shot out overnight. The neighbor has already checked at a salvage yard, and they learned they could get a replacement window for $40.00
Family in need of rent $ to avoid eviction.
A single mother has gotten behind on rent because she had to take off work to care for her daughter who had meningitis. Her son also needed care when he was dealing with depression. She owes two months' rent ($2100.00) by 12/15 in order to stay. Any help would be appreciated!
We have a wonderful family in our community who need a little help. We found out that two of the three kids do not have beds and it's something that they children asked for on their holiday list. The school community is helping with the some holiday gifts but we are now looking for two twin beds, mattresses and sheets for these two children. We could take donated beds or we will use any monetary donations to purchase beds and new bedding. Thanks for considering a contribution to provide a basic need to these two children this holiday.
Assistance for high school senior providing for his family
A high school senior is juggling work and school. He works to pay much of the household bills for their household - being him and his mom. He'd like to save for car but the money is spent on things they need. They're not on the busline and he walks/bikes to his job where there are not many sidewalks. With the cold weather, it's difficult.
We'd like to provide him with Uber cards so he can continue to work and get there safely. We will give him smaller cards that the school counselor will manage. We'd like to have enough cards for a few months. If you can donate, we'd appreciate the help.
Ray Lees, Area Director
Ray is an adoptive father of eight children. He and his husband, Matt, have lived in Worthington since 2003. Ray has served in PTA leadership positions at Worthington Estates Elementary and Worthingway Middle School. As a former teacher, Ray volunteers regularly to assist teachers with student screenings, tutoring and individual assistance. Prior to becoming a full-time parent, Ray held numerous roles in large and small businesses in Central Ohio. He was a process consultant for Nationwide, network administrator for Behal Sampson and Dietz architecture, training specialist for Nationwide and Sarcom, and a first and third grade teacher. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University.