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Opportunities for Kindness

Preschool Items Needed

Our Preschool is in need of a few items: 

  • 20 New or Gently Used Bath towels

For our emergency clothing closet: 

  • Gently used Girls clothing in a range of sizes 2T-5T: specifically elastic waist bottoms (shorts and pants), underwear, t-shirts (long and short sleeve)  NO dresses, skirts, outerwear, pajamas, or swimwear is needed. 
  • Gently used shoes in preschool sizes: tennis shoes or sandals only (NO dress shoes, boots, heels, flip flops)

Thank you! 

Students in Need: Help with Graduation Fees


We have students who are in need of money to pay their school fees in order to graduate. We are looking for donations to help cover these fees and allow these students to graduate. Donations can be made through the link on our website or by check. Thank you for your help.

National Sponsors

Ohio Sponsors

Recently Filled Needs

Foster Family in Need of Gas Cards

We are looking to help a family that lives outside the school district that has just taken custody of students from the district. They will need to transport the students to school until the end of the year. We would like to get a gas card to help cover this fuel cost. You can donate gas cards or money through our website and we will purchase the gift card. Any amount will help. 

Family Needing Help after Fire

We have a family in our community that has lost everything in a fire. They are staying with family at this time, while preparing to deliver their child any time. Items for the new baby have been donated, but they are in need of shoes and clothes for themselves and gift cards to purchase food and personal items. We are asking for gift cards to Meijer, Target, and Kroger.  The shoes and clothes needed are as follows:

Female: shoes size 8.5 , XL tops, and pants size 14/16/18

Male: large shirts and pants size 34 waist, 34 length

if you would like to donate money, please use the link on our Pataskala Neighborhood Bridges website, and we will purchase items needed  

Boy in Need of New Shoes

We have a student in need of a new pair of shoes. He is requesting a pair of plain black crocs (men's size 7). He is currently wearing shoes that are too small for his feet. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

New student needs clothes

A new student kinship placed with Aunt does not have clothes that fit him. We would like to get them some amazon gift cards so they can order clothes that fit him.

Sweats and Leggings Needed

We are in need of girls/ladies black leggings in sizes small, medium, large, and XL, and boys/men’s sweat pants in sizes small, medium, large, and XL (any color).

Can be new or gently used. 

Student in need of Pull Ups at School

We have a student that needs goodnites pull ups at school, boys size L/XL. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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About Pataskala

neighborhood bridges Pataskala will be the FIRST community to serve two school districts!

The students and families in need from Southwest Licking Schools and Licking Heights Schools will be served and directly impacted through our work.

Carol Stoffel - Area Director

Carol has been a life long resident of Pataskala. She graduated from Ohio University with an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Studies and was married to Steve, her high school sweetheart, for 43 years until cancer took his life in 2000. Together they have two married sons who both graduated from Watkins Memorial High School, and four wonderful grandchildren. Steve spent 35 years working at The Ohio State University and The James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute, with much of his career being in Human Resources. Carol was secretary at Etna Elementary School for 20 years. After retiring she has been a substitute secretary for Southwest Licking Local Schools for 15 years. She is active in her church and has been a volunteer for Hospice of Central Ohio for 15 years. Carol considers it an honor to promote kindness in her community through Pataskala Bridges.

Megan Myers - Area Director

Megan is a life long (mostly) resident of Pataskala, only living away for four years in Augusta, Georgia and three years in Clintonville. She attended Miami University and received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. After moving to Augusta to teach, she decided Ohio was calling her home, and she returned to teach in the school she, her parents, and grandparents attended. She received her Master’s degree from Ashland University in Curriculum and Instruction, and taught for 33 years before retiring in 2019. She still volunteers in the schools when she can. Megan loves travel, and spending time hiking in nature. She is excited to continue helping kids and families through her work with Neighborhood Bridges.

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