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Hotel cost help for family experiencing homelessness

Family of five experiencing homelessness has been in hotel for three weeks. One parent working but unable to afford to pay next week.  Cost is $125 daily and it's paid through Sunday 1/23. We want to help them  keep this temporary housing until something more permanent can be found. Any monetary donations will help this family. Please donate through the link on our website. The family is also in need of pull-ups in size 4T-5T (no Dollar General brand due to allergic reaction). 

House Fire - Family in Need

There is a family in our community that had a house fire. Fortunately, everyone is ok but there was extensive smoke damage and they have lost many items. Below are some needs that the mom would be so grateful for. They are just trying to make it through.

-Clothes for 1 year old boy. He wears size 2T in clothes and size 7 in shoes.: all donated

-Clothes for 8 year old girl. She wears size 7/8 in clothes and size 2 in shoes. : all donated

-Gift cards for them to get food.

-Used gas stove. : already donated 

Vehicle repair help

Family that lost father in December had a car that was not drivable.  The estimate to get it fixed is $953.96 and I have an organization able to pay for $500 of the bill would like to raise at least another $250.00

Gas bill help

Mother reached out with help for the gas bill.  She was just accepted into a payment plan to get caught up on her bill but due to family loss has not been back to work.  Total bill $480.47 - monthly installment $162.00.  Mother would appreciate any help received.

1st Grade boy in Need of clothes

1st grade boy. Size 10-12. Needs Pants, shirts (long sleeve, short sleeve, hoodies), pajamas. 

Family in Need

Family in need, parent has had a medical emergency. 

Children are in need of clothing and personal items, family needs help with groceries & household consumable items (non food items such as toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, cleaning supplies etc.).

Boy (11) (size Medium shirts and pants already donated),(winter coat already donated), hat, gloves

Girl (5) (size small shirts and pants already donated), (winter coat already donated), gloves, hat

Boy (3) size 3T shirts and pants, (size 9 shoes already donated), (winter coat already donated),gloves, hat 

All three children need basic school gear (book bags already donated , lunch boxes already donated) and (blankets already donated) for each child. 

Gift cards for groceries. 

As items are donated, they will be marked off the list  

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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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