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Opportunities for Kindness

Single Mother and Children need Rental Assistance

Worthington Mother of two is in need of help catching up on rent. The family moved from a domestic violence shelter into their own rental unit this past year. Due to COVID and needing to be her son's home health aid, once restriction were lifted she lost her job and then fell behind in her rent. She began cleaning houses and driving for DoorDash and continues this work providing a level of stability for her and her children. She has a great landlord but needs to be caught up on rent this month so she can renew the lease when it becomes available at the end of the month. 

if you can make a donation of any size, please use our donation link: bit.ly/giveworthington

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Rent for injured worker and her family

A mom with two children in our district hurt her back while working. She wears a brace and is in pain all the time. She has been working with a couple agencies but cannot see anyone about her disability until June 25th and is in need of $3000 for rent to stay in her apartment. At the end of this month, she will be evicted without our help. If you can help with any amount, please use our donation link at https://bit.ly/giveworthington

Single mother needs help with clothing and diapers

A single mother of 5 is in need of assistance. The father was killed in a car accident within the past year and mom is trying to holding the family together. SHe works bt had a couple large car repair bills. The needs are as follows:
- Diapers size 3 and pull ups size 2t/3t
- 5T clothing (both boy and girl)
- 2T clothing (Both boy and girl)
- Medium adult male - Pants 32/36 and short

Cash donations will be converted to gift cards for the family to purchase what is needed. If you can help, please give at our donation link (bit.ly/giveworthington) and indicate mom of 5 in the designation box. 

Computer and sports equipment replacement after robbery

A family recently had their home burglarized. The family lost several personal items, sporting equipment and a laptop belonging to a high school student. The family cannot afford to replace these item. A school counselor reached out to us to see if we could raise $750 to help this hard working student with another device and the equipment he needs for sports.

If you would like to donate, please use our donation link bit.ly/giveworthington and designate it to "Student support" in the designation box. 

Single Mother of two need assistance with rent and furniture

Single mother of two special needs kids, recently left an abusive relationship and though she is working, she is having trouble making ends meet. Below are her needs:

- $500 for rent
- Gift cards for clothes & bedding
- A full sized bed and/or mattress - FILLED
- A small dining table - FILLED
- a coffee table - FILLED

If you would like to make a donation to this family, please use our link (bit.ly/giveworthington) and designate "single mom" on the donation form.  

Support for summer child care

A single mom who we have helped previously is now working and making progress. The daycare that she is using accepts payment through ODJFS (Title 20) but there is a summer fee for field trips that is not covered. We are looking to help this child fully participate in extra events this summer by paying this fee for the mother.  The cost is $220. If you can pay a portion or all of the fee, please use our donation link at bit.ly/giveworthington.  Thank you!!

Child Car Seat

Family needs a car seat for their 4 year old daughter. The family was observed without a safety seat and stated that they would deeply appreciate having a car seat for the child. However they not able to afford it at this time.  A new seat would cost around $100 on Amazon and if you would like to donate cash, we can order one for them. Thank you!

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About Worthington

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. 

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