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Opportunities for Kindness

Summer grocery program

Non-perishable items for families in need. Mac & Cheese, pasta, rice, canned goods, breakfast items, snacks, etc.

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Recently Filled Needs

Graphing Calculator Needed

A high school student is in need of a graphing calculator for next school year. 

Student in need of school fees paid

We have a senior who needs her school fees paid for graduation. The amount is $153

Family in need of grocery cards

A family with 4 children is in need of grocery gift cards to either Kroger or Costco to help them through financial hardship.

Family in Need of Clothing, Various Items

A family is in need of various items to help them in the summer months: 

- Child 1: Girls Size 10 summer clothing, Size 3 (children's) shoes

- FILLED -Child 2: Boys Size 10 summer clothing, Size 3 (children's) shoes 

- Child 3: Boys Size 4T summer clothing, Size 10 (toddler) shoes

- FILLED -Child 4: Girls Size 3T summer clothing, Size 6 (toddler) shoes

- Size L Women's T shirts/summer shirts

- Meijer gift cards for groceries

- Various toiletries, including female hygiene products

Grocery Gift Cards

We are in need of grocery gift cards (Kroger, Meijer, or Walmart) for a family of 4 who is currently facing a temporary financial setback. 

Snacks for school clinic

Our clinic is out of snacks and we have students coming down daily asking.

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About Olentangy

Betsy Thorne - Area Director 

Betsy has been an Olentangy resident for over 11 years. She was born and raised in Westerville then attended Ohio University where she met her wife, Nikki. Nikki and Betsy have 2 children in the Olentangy district. Both children are active in sports in the district, participating in soccer, football, basketball and gymnastics. Nikki works for a software company out of Phoenix as well as coaches soccer for Columbus United. Betsy worked at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants corporate office for several years before becoming a stay at home Mom when their first child was born, and now works part time for Stratosphere Consulting. Betsy has enjoyed giving back through volunteering in her children’s schools, working with pet rescues and helping with various fundraisers throughout Columbus. Betsy is so excited to promote kindness throughout the Olentangy district with neighborhood bridges.

Heather Gavlak - Area Director

My name is Heather Gavlak and I live in Delaware, OH with my husband, Bobby, and our 3 kids, Grace (8th), Mitch (4th) and Andy (1st) all in Olentangy Schools. I am an Enterprise Architecture Manager for PNC Bank by day and an advocate for Gift of Adoption and Neighborhood Bridges. I feel very strongly about ensuring that children have what they need to be successful and know that they are well loved. In my free time I love to read and watch every sport my children play - which is literally every sport imaginable. As a family, we have a passion for doughnuts and travel around the globe trying all the doughnut places we can find and posting photos of the adventure (@Doughnutters). Unsolicited recommendations for amazing doughnut places are strongly encouraged :)

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