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Opportunities for Kindness

Winter Coat Collection

Sycamore Bridges is collecting gently used (no rips, tears, or stains) or new winter coats for Operation Give Back's 2024 Coat Giveaway. (Yes, we know it's only February.) We have been asked to open our collection now to take advantage of newly outgrown items and deeply discounted winter wear. OGB saw record numbers in need this past year, so getting an early start ensures OGB will have what they need to serve the community. If you would like to donate a coat, reply to this post and we will respond with drop off locations.

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Recently Filled Needs

Wrestling Attire

Sycamore Bridges received a donation of gently used wrestling attire. The items have been shared with our wresting coaches to gift to students who do not have the means to purchase on their own. We are so grateful for school spirit donations we can share with our neighbors. 

School Fees

Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a HS counselor to help a student obtain their transcript from their previous school. The student owes $26 in fees before their transcript will be released. In order to complete scheduling for next school year, it is imperative to obtain this transcript ASAP. If you would like to offer assistance, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you. 

Book Request

Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a school therapist to assist a child with obtaining a book for the upcoming author visit at Greene. The student is beyond excited to participate in the events surrounding the visit, and even printed out a headshot for the author to sign. We would like to purchase a book for the child so they have a lasting keepsake from this experience. The book is $7.19. If you would like to offer assistance, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

Single Mom Seeking Help with Duke Bill

Sycamore Bridges was contacted by a school district advocate to assist a single mom with her Duke Energy bill. Mom works a full-time job and takes care of her four children on her own. With rising energy costs and a few extra expenses this winter, she fell behind on her electric bill payments. Now the entirety of her balance is due in order to stay on her approved payment plan. We are hoping to provide $492.79 to keep Mom in good standing. If you would like to contribute to this request, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

College Deposit

Sycamore Bridges was contacted by our district social worker to assist a high school senior with a deposit to attend college. The student has been accepted and excited to begin college in Fall 2024, but is having financial difficulty securing their spot. The student will eventually be eligible for federal loans, grants, and/or scholarships, but the FAFSA process is delayed and financial assistance is not yet available. As a result, we would like to pay the $250 fee to ensure this student can enroll in a timely manner. If you are interested in contributing to this request, reply to this post and a donation link will be emailed to you.

Bicycle Donation

Sycamore Bridges received a beautiful donation of a gently used bicycle with training wheels. Thanks to our team of advocates, we've placed the bike with an incredible family who will cherish this gift as the days get longer and the temperatures start rising. If you have a similar donation, don't hesitate to reach out to us!  

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About Sycamore

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.

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