Opportunities for Kindness
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a school principal to assist a family with their February rent and utilities. Their student underwent major surgery and the parent is taking a leave of absence from work to be with the student during the extensive recovery. We would like to take this financial burden off their shoulders so they can focus on the student's healing. If you would like to make a contribution, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.
Recently Filled Needs
Games, Books, DVDs
Sycamore Bridges received a donation of board games, children/teen books, DVDs, and craft supplies. We connected with a guidance counselor and placed the items into the hands of deserving families. This need was filled before being posted.
Young Mom in Need of Gas Cards
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a school nurse to assist a young, single mom who is struggling to make ends meet. She is in desperate need of gas cards to get to work. We would like to provide her with Kroger gift cards so she can also use them for groceries. If you would like to make a donation, please reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.
Domestic Abuse Survivor Facing Eviction
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a school counselor to assist a newly single mom with her January rent payment. Because of the abrubt nature of her circumstances, she was not prepared to pay rent this month and an eviction proceeding was started. Sycamore Bridges would like to pay her rent, late fees, and eviction fees to give her a fresh start. Mom has secured stable employment and will be financially independent moving forward. If you would like to help this mom get back on her feet, CLICK HERE to make a donation and type “eviction” in the comments.
Financial Support for Tutoring Services
Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a school counselor to help a family obtain tutoring services for a student. Unfortunately, the family is in a tough financial position and cannot afford a tutor at this time. We would like to help this student reach their full academic potential. The counselor has already arranged for the student to work with a reputable tutor. We are collecting funds to pay for the tutor through third quarter. If you would like to make a donation, reply to this post and donation instructions will be emailed to you.
Family Recovering From Car Accident
Sycamore Bridges was asked to offer additional assistance to a family who continues to recover from a horrific car accident back in November. We are happy to report the family is on the road to recovery, with our HS student planning to return to school next month. However, it's been a long two months of financial strain. We would like to provide them with Kroger gift cards to help ease their gas/grocery expenses, especially as they travel back and forth to the hospital while undergoing further surgery. If you would like to contribute to this need, CLICK HERE and you will be redirected to a donation page. Please type "car accident" in the note section.
Girls' Winter Weather Clothing
Sycamore Bridges received a generous donation of two girls' winter coats, hats, gloves, earmuffs, boots, and sneakers. Our elementary advocates shared these items with students in need. We are so grateful for our community donors.
Lori Drasnin, Area Director
Lori Drasnin is an active Sycamore parent and volunteer. She previously served as PTO President for Montgomery Elementary, as well as PTO Treasurer at Montgomery Elementary, E.H. Greene Intermediate, and Sycamore Junior High School. Over the past decade, Lori has chaired too many PTO events and fundraisers to count and brought innovation and updated programs to our local schools. Lori also organized a Bedtime Bundle collection from the YWCA Battered Women's Shelter from 2014-2017, and served on the board of Ohio Cleats for Kids (C4K) until taking this role.
Lori holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, as well as a law degree from Emory University. She practiced liability defense for six years at Dinsmore in Cincinnati, OH before "retiring" to stay home and raise her children. Lori is married to husband, Jeff, has two boys, Matthew and Ryan, and two puggles, Max & Erma.
Lori enjoys serving the greater Sycamore community and bridging kindness across the neighborhood.