Opportunities for Kindness
Charcoal Grill for Summer Camp
Light of the City in Bay Minette hosts a free summer camp for 75 K-6th grade children. The kids always look forward to the weekly hamburger/hotdog cookout. We need a new or gently used fairly large CHARCOAL grill to keep up this tradition. Please fill out and submit the form to arrange a delivery time. Pick-up can be arranged if necessary. Thank you so much for your kindness.
Donations Requested @ The Ruff
The Summer Camp Experience will begin on May 31st at The Ruff in Daphne. Our summer enrollment fee is one of the lowest in the area, and we offer as many activities as we can without asking for additional finances from our parents/guardians. However, some activities require funds that most families do not have and the center needs help in providing activity and field trip assistance so that EVERY child may participate. We have activities such as bowling, skating, field trips (two major), and water activities on site (no access to public swimming pools in the area). Your donation will help to sponsor campers whose parents may not be able to afford all costs. Any donation will help, and your dollars will truly make the difference in a child's life. Summer Camp at The Ruff is an experience of love and laughter, recreation and renewal. Please help us to continue to empower the kids. Thank you.
Window Units Needed for Fairhope West Family
A Fairhope West family of seven is without air conditioning this summer. The family would be grateful for a window unit(s).
Fill Hungry Tummies This Summer!
Robertsdale Laundry Blessing Barn is providing food for 100 children for 11 weeks this summer. Each child will receive breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks, fresh fruit and vegetables for 7 days each week. Cost of this program is approximately $750/week. The Blessing Barn stretches its money because of its partnership with Feeding the Gulf Coast. Financial contributions in any amount toward keeping children fed this summer are very much appreciated. Fill out the form and donating instructions will be sent. If you prefer to donate food, we need items such as individual oatmeal and grits packs, individual cereal boxes, Little Debbie snack cakes, breakfast bars, Pop Tarts. We also need drinks, bottles water, drink pouches, water flavor packets. Deliveries can be made to Robertsdale Laundry, 18450 Highway 104, located beside Walgreens, close to Hwy 59. Tell the attendant your donation is for the summer feeding program.
UPDATE: Overdue lunch account crisis locally
As the end of the school year nears, we would like to assist the families most in need with overdue lunch accounts. Many of our local schools are experiencing a crisis of unpaid student balances that have accrued since the beginning of the school year. These families do not qualify for the reduced/free program, however, they still struggle to afford daily lunch for their children. We would love to help alleviate this stress by fundraising within our community to bring the lunch accounts current. Please click "I Can Help" to donate and join the effort to help eliminate childhood food insecurity.
Think of it this way... instead of buying coffee for the person behind you in line, what about donating to cover a hungry child's lunch today.
Spreading kindness makes the world a better place!
Updated goal as of 5/1/23 for 32 schools: $15,000.00
Donations received as of 5/19/23: $8,916.00
Recently Filled Needs
CARE House family needs Twin Mattress, Box Spring, Bedding
CARE House provides resources and services to child victims of sexual and physical abuse and to their supportive family members. Grandmother has cared for her pre-teen grandchildren since they were small. They now need a new or gently used twin mattress, box spring, and bedding. Delivery can be made to Summerdale CARE House, 16397 County Road 73, or pick-up can be arranged if necessary. A financial donation may also be made by filling out and submitting the form. Donating instructions will be sent. Thank you for your help!
Pregnant Teen Needs Parenting Class
A teen receiving counseling at CARE House is expecting a baby. She'd love to participate in an all-encompassing parenting class to help prepare her for the journey ahead, but she isn't in the position to cover the $250 class fee without it causing a hardship. Donations in any amount toward the cost of this class are appreciated. Thank you for helping this young mom-to-be get off to a good start.
School fee assistance needed for middle school student
One of our young students in Daphne would really like to play football and is living with his grandparents who are retired and dealing with health issues. We would love to bless this family by covering the football registration fee of $150. He also has year end school fees of $45 that need to be paid. Any donation amount would be greatly appreciated! Click "I Can Help" to assist this sweet family.
RHS Pregnant Teen in Need of Clothing
Robertsdale High School has a pregnant teen in need of clothing. Student is still in the first trimester but needs clothes for work this summer and fall. Any clothing is welcome to keep her comfortable, but she is asking for black pants for work and black non-slip work shoes. Shoe size is Size 10 Women's Wide. She currently wears a 2XL top but will take 3XL for her growing belly. She wears a XL in pants and requests 2XL (or size 18/20 women's) as she progresses in her pregnancy (preferably with an elastic waistband). She could also use more bras - regular or sports bras - size 42DD/44DD. Any other maternity clothing or accessories are welcome too - pant extenders, shirt extenders, bra band extenders, pajamas, leggings, etc. Financial donations can be made through Neighborhood Bridges. New or gently used items can be dropped off at the RHS Front Office, 21630 Highway 59, attention: social worker.
Help a Hungry Family
Homeless family of 4 living in a hotel needs help with groceries. Their money is being used to keep a temporary roof over their heads. We have been referring to community resources for help but the only working parent has been unable to get a paystub for proof of income. Donations in any amount towards grocery cards are appreciated. Fill out the form and submit…donating instructions will be sent. Hunger is real. Thank you for helping.
Shoes and Summer Clothes needed
2 elementary students living with Grandma need shoes and clothes for summer. Grandma is unsure of sizes so we would like to provide gift cards to Shoe Station and Walmart to help. Donations in any amount toward gift cards are appreciated. Fill out the form and submit…donating instructions will be sent. Thank you for helping Grandma help these children.
About Baldwin County
Andy Burton - Area Director
A resident of Fairhope since 1971, Andy is the original owner of Andrees Wine, Cheese & Things. She is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a degree in culinary arts, worked as a personal chef for many years and was also an adjunct professor at the culinary school in Gulf Shores. Andy’s involvement with Neighborhood Bridges started when saw needs posted on Facebook and began donating. In 2021 she agreed to be one of three Area Directors and is happy to be a conduit for kindness. Andy has one son and two grandchildren in the Fairhope school system. In her free time she enjoys playing bridge and traveling the world.
Dena Pittman - Area Director
A lifelong resident of Baldwin County, Dena is an associate broker with Coldwell Banker Reehl Properties. She has been a local Realtor for over 25 year meeting the housing needs of the community. Upon learning about Neighborhood Bridges, Dena immediately felt compelled to meet the needs of local children in the school system through donations. In 2021, she was appointed as Area Director, along with Andy and Lori, with plans to expand Neighborhood Bridges to every school in Baldwin County in the near future. Serving daily through kindness is so very important, as we live in such a giving community. Dena has 2 children, Whitney and Hayden who attended Spanish Fort schools. Whitney now works in the music industry and lives in Nashville, while Hayden is a college football player and student at UAB in Birmingham.
Lori Terral - Area Director
I have been a resident in Fairhope since 2004. It is truly a pleasure to call Fairhope my home, I wanted to see this community thrive and do what we can to make it the best it can be. Neighborhood Bridges is a wonderful outreach of kindness to the children in our community, that is all done anonymously. I was asked to be an area director along with two other ladies. It has been so exciting to see how giving our community is, so many needs have been filled already. I am a graduate of LSU, and have been a stay at home mom. I am married to Gregg Terral and I have 4 grown children. I also have one beautiful granddaughter!
Miranda Schrubbe - Area Director
A Birmingham native, Miranda is a community volunteer living in Fairhope. She worked as a medical social worker before becoming a full-time mother. Following her husband’s service in the U.S. Navy, Miranda and her family settled in Baldwin County, where she has been involved in several local nonprofit organizations. A long-time advocate for the local public schools and students, Miranda is honored to be a part of neighborhood bridges --- helping behind the scenes and serving as the Area Director for the Foley and Elberta communities. She is married to Dr. Ben Schrubbe; they have 3 adult children – Hannah, Georgia and Adam.