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Opportunities for Kindness

Single Mom starting over with kids after abusive situation needs basic items

Mother and 3 children who had to be placed in safe transitional housing after leaving a life threatening domestic violence situation. She will need living room furniture (sofa, love seat), dining room table and 4 beds. 1 for adult and 3 twins or bunk beds for kids. There are 2 boys and 1 girl.

Funeral expenses needed for local high school student who passed away unexpedtedly

Local student after receiving heart transplant has passed away, family needs assistance with funeral expenses.  If you would like to donate towards this need, simply click on the I CAN HELP button.

Recently Filled Needs

Single man with special needs in need of an electric stove

Local single man has severe back, leg, hand and shoulder physical issues and is unable to work. They need an electric stove. Their current stove is damaged and is barely working if at all.  If you would be willing to donate towards the purchase of new stove (we receive a discount with BIG SANDY SUPERSTORE), or have a working one you would like to donate, please click on the I CAN HELP button and let us know.  We can arrange for pick up of the appliance.

New Single Mother needs basic necessities to start over with children

Local resident recently became a single mother due to  unforeseen circumstances and now is starting over to take care of her children solo.  In need of the basic needs including pots and pans, dishware, silverware, kitchen supplies, dining room table, Queen bed frame and a dresser.  If you can help with any of these areas, please click on the I CAN HELP and let us know how you would like to donate.  We can pick up any and all donations.

Elementary Student in Need of Winter Clothing

As the Ohio cold weather comes, we have an elementary girl who is in need of winter clothing. She wears size 18 in tops and bottoms and wears a size 2 for shoes. Any clothing of these sizes would be greatly appreciated!

Two Elementary School boys in need of twin bed mattresses and box springs

Two local elementary students do not have  a bed to sleep on each night.  We are looking for just the mattresses and box springs, the frames have been provided.  If you can help and provide one or both, or would like to donate toward the purchase of these items, through our generous discounts with Big Sandy Superstore, please click on the I CAN HELP button and let us know how you would like to assist.  We can arrange for pick up of these items, no need to take them anywhere.

Local 12 year old middle school male student in need of clothing for school - fees to play basketball

We are in need to help a single mother take care of clothing for her 12 year old son, after being battling for 8 years with illness, trying to get back on her feet, and help her son.  She also wants him to be able to play basketball but can't afford the "pay to play " fees.

Looking for:
Size 14-16 boys sweats

Size 16 hoodies

Size 16 t-shirts (silk NOT COTTON)

Child has ADHD so cotton is not an option.

If you can donate these items, or would like to purchase and donate these items, please click on the I CAN HELP button and we can arrange to collect these items.

Gahanna Blind student in need of replacement batteries for Cochlear implant

A Gahanna Student who attends Ohio School for the Blind uses a Cochlear implant and the batteries are no longer holding a charge. They are no longer under warranty for repair and need replaced at this point. The family is not in a financial position to afford these and her insurance is not covering them. The request is to cover the cost of new batteries of $465.  If you would like to donate to help the family with this cost please click on the  "DONATE" button.

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About Gahanna

Ron Smith, Area Directo

Gahanna Bridges will make use of technology and social media to engage the community in helping to identify specific needs in the community – and then will invite community members to help fill those needs. Gahanna Bridges will work in partnership with Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN) to help identify and refer needy residents and families to GRIN as well as bridge solutions through other Gahanna service providers. Gahanna Bridges will seek engagement of teachers, counselors, administrators in our schools plus clergy, first responders, and mental health agencies to advocate for those in need. Ron Smith has been involved in a number of Gahanna organizations and currently serves on the boards of the Gahanna Chamber of Commerce (as Vice-Chair of Operations/Business Development), the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN). Ron’s company SOH Productions, was named as the Gahanna Small Business of the Year in 2010 and Ron was named Business Person of the Year in 2015. 

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