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Opportunities for Kindness

Siblings Needing Assistance with Drivers Ed

Two high school siblings are in need of assistance with covering the cost of drivers ed. 

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Recently Filled Needs

Homecoming Dress for Student

Last minute freshman in need of a homecoming dress. 

Clinic Snacks- AES

We need some more snacks to have in our clinic for when students need them (goldfish, applesauce/yogurt pouches, etc). 

Personal Care Pantry Drive

We are collecting items to fill personal care pantries at all Olentangy schools. You can pick up items and drop off, make a monetary donation or shop our Amazon list, https://www.amazon.com/hz/wish...

Items needed:

  • Individually wrapped snacks
  • Underwear -- new in package male and female sizes children thru adult
  • shorts and pants for elementary students (all sizes, new or gently used)
  • leggings in all sizes for middle & high school girls (all sizes)
  • Baby wipes / body wipes
  • Period panties size 8 and up
  • FULL SIZE toiletry items; deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, toothpaste, tooth brushes, combs, brushes, and lotion

Clothing Needed for Middle School Clinic

The middle school clinics are in need of clothing to help students who come in and are without these basic necessities. They are requesting the following clothing items to meet the student’s needs and allow them to focus on schoolwork:

Girls Clothing - Size Youth 12/14 and Women's Small-Large:



Underpants (new in pkg)

Boys Clothing - - Size Youth L/XL and Mens Small-Large:


Hotel Funds for Displaced Family

Family of 5 recently displaced, in need of shelter and currently on waitless for local shelter. Need funds for hotel stay until more permanent shelter is found. 

Help with Prizes for School Wide Program at High School

Looking for candy donations for a school-wide program that encourages kindness and reducing social isolation. Prizes are incentives for those who went above and beyond with their participation. 

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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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