Opportunities for Kindness
One of our partners at Syntero has reached out to us about an elderly client who is a high-risk patient and has had to quit her job due to Covid. Her family has helped her out tremendously with paying utilities, rent, insurance, etc. but is struggling to get to doctor's appointments due to having no money for gas and is hesitant to ask her family for more help. We are hoping to raise funds to purchase some gas gift cards. If you would like to make a donation for a gas gift card, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to you.
An intervention specialist at one of our high schools has reached out to Dublin Bridges about a severely handicapped student and her family. This wheelchair-bound student has cerebral palsy and many other physical handicaps. Because of her disabilities, someone has to be at home with her at all times. The student cannot be taken out of the wheelchair because she needs to be at a constant 30-degree angle so she is unable to be transported in a car. Medicare pays for transportation to and from doctor's appointments and school but other than that, she is completely homebound. The family is in need of a passenger (mini)van (not transport sized) that would qualify to be outfitted with a wheelchair lift kit by Franklin County so that she and her family would be less homebound. This family cannot afford to buy a van themselves. The van would need to have 50,000 miles or less, never been in an accident, and must pass a mechanical inspection in order for it to qualify for the lift. It also needs to have rear entry capability. We know this is a big ask, but we are hopeful that we can help this student and her family. This would make an enormous difference in this student and her family's life. If you have a van that fits this criterion that you would like to donate, please click on I CAN HELP.
Recently Filled Needs
Family In Need of Washing Machine
Welcome Warehouse came to Dublin Bridges on behalf of a family of 4 who is in need of a washing machine. The family used to live in an apartment that had a stackable washer and dryer. Their new apartment has hook ups for them but the family is unable to purchase a washer due to limited income. Dublin Bridges has an available dryer to give them. If you have a washing machine to donate, please click on I CAN HELP and we will arrange to pick it up from you.
Dublin Family in need of support
An elementary school guidance counselor has reached out to us about a Dublin family with 3 small children in need of some assistance. They have experienced a job loss and have incurred extra expenses due to CoVid. They are now employed again and beginning to get back on their feet. They are utilizing the great resources at the Dublin Food Pantry, but the classroom teacher told me they could really use some additional help this month with groceries and diapers. A $250 Walmart gift card would help them immensely. If you would like to make a financial contribution to the gift card, please click on I CAN HELP.
Single Mom Needs Help with Water Bill
Welcome Warehouse came to Dublin Bridges on behalf of a single mother of four who needs help with her water bill. One daughter is receiving chemotherapy and fell ill over the holidays and has been in the hospital since December 28th. The daughter needed a PICC line so they can give her transfusions, medicine, and antibiotics. She had a reaction to it and she remains in the hospital. The mother works at Nationwide Children's Hospital but hasn’t been able to work while her daughter has been there and forgot to pay the water bill when her daughter first became sick. She is now worried she doesn't have enough money to pay the bill after paying her other living expenses, especially since she hasn't been able to work. If you would like to donate towards this $270 bill, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to you.
Senior in Need of Groceries
Our partners at Syntero have reached out to us about a senior in need of a few grocery items that she is unable to go out to get herself. If you would like to shop for this senior, please click on I CAN HELP and we will provide the short list to you.
Car Seat Needed for Growing Baby
Welcome Warehouse came to Dublin Bridges on behalf of a family in need of a car seat. The father is unable to work right now and was the main breadwinner for the family. The baby is 8 months old, weighs 25 pounds, and has outgrown the infant car seat they have. We are not able to take used car seats. If you would like to donate so that Dublin Bridges can purchase a car seat for this family, please click on I CAN HELP and a donation link will be sent to you.
Family in Need of Holiday Help
A high school guidance counselor has reached out to us about a family in need of a grocery gift card for food for the holidays.
Jill Kranstuber, Area Director
Jill is a New Jersey native who moved to Ohio over 30 years ago to attend The Ohio State University. She and her husband Chuck, an attorney and past Dublin City Council Member, past Mayor of Dublin and current Washington Township Trustee have 7 children, all of whom have attended Dublin City Schools. She is also the proud grandmother to 2 year old Oliver. Jill is an active volunteer in the schools and the community. She is the current PTO President at Dublin Coffman High School as well as a member of the Key Communicators at DCHS. She is also a long-time volunteer for the Dublin Irish Festival. In the past, Jill was the Development Director of AIDSWalk Central Ohio. Jill is excited about the opportunity that Dublin Bridges will provide to those in need in our community.
Sarah Savage, Area Director
Sarah has been a Dublin resident for over 15 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Education and Counseling Psychology from Vanderbilt University and her Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling from The Ohio State University. Sarah and her husband, Brian, a Dublin Coffman graduate and local business owner, have 3 children. Sarah loves being involved in Dublin Schools, her childrens' classrooms and the community. She is currently PTO President and member of Key Communicators at Eli Pinney Elementary School and volunteers as a committee chair for the Mount Carmel St. Ann's Women's Auxiliary. She was previously a clinical mental health counselor at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Gahanna Jefferson Schools. Sarah is thrilled to promote kindness in our amazing community through Dublin Bridges.
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