Opportunities for Kindness
Recently Filled Needs
Back to school needs
Grandparents raising grandchildren in need of gift cards to Walmart and Target for back to school needs. If you would rather make a monetary donation, we will purchase gift cards for the family to use.
Both grandparents have had to quit work within last year due to health complications and are trying to keep grandchildren in kinship care and out of foster placement.
Bed Frame Needed
We have a family in need of a bed frame for a twin bed. A simple metal bed frame is preferred. Thank you for your help.
Electric Bill help
Grandparents raising grandchildren: one became disabled waiting on approval for finances and the other had hip surgery in November and is still on a walker and not approved to go back to work. Grandparents are struggling financially and need help to bring bills current. They have a $611.65 AEP bill they need paid.
Family in Need of Summer Clothes
We have a local family that is going through a tough time. They would be so appreciative of any help to provide the kids with some summer clothes.
There are two boys who are ages 9 and 10. They both wear sizes 8-10 in clothes. One wears size 5 in shoes and the other wears size 6 in shoes.
There is a younger boy who wears size 5t in clothes and size 11 in shoes.
***Clothes have been donated but we are still in need of shoes.
Boys shoes size 6
Boys sneakers size 6. He likes red and also Jordans (although those might need to be used due to price).
Family in Need
I have a family that is in need of any gift card donations to get food. It would be very appreciated to help them through this time.
neighborhood bridges Pataskala will be the FIRST community to serve two school districts!
The students and families in need from Southwest Licking Schools and Licking Heights Schools will be served and directly impacted through our work.
Carol Stoffel - Area Director
Carol has been a life long resident of Pataskala. She graduated from Ohio University with an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Studies and was married to Steve, her high school sweetheart, for 43 years until cancer took his life in 2000. Together they have two married sons who both graduated from Watkins Memorial High School, and four wonderful grandchildren. Steve spent 35 years working at The Ohio State University and The James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute, with much of his career being in Human Resources. Carol was secretary at Etna Elementary School for 20 years. After retiring she has been a substitute secretary for Southwest Licking Local Schools for 15 years. She is active in her church and has been a volunteer for Hospice of Central Ohio for 15 years. Carol considers it an honor to promote kindness in her community through Pataskala Bridges.
Megan Myers - Area Director
Megan is a life long (mostly) resident of Pataskala, only living away for four years in Augusta, Georgia and three years in Clintonville. She attended Miami University and received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. After moving to Augusta to teach, she decided Ohio was calling her home, and she returned to teach in the school she, her parents, and grandparents attended. She received her Master’s degree from Ashland University in Curriculum and Instruction, and taught for 33 years before retiring in 2019. She still volunteers in the schools when she can. Megan loves travel, and spending time hiking in nature. She is excited to continue helping kids and families through her work with Neighborhood Bridges.