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Caring for Kansas City for the Holidays

Written by  November 30, 2003

During the holidays, our calendars are filled with events promising an unforgettable season. But for some, this is not the case. Thankfully, many people open their hearts to those less fortunate and give generously at this time of the year. When donating clothing and/or food for needy families, remember their pets need help too. If we can help them take care of their pets, fewer pets will be surrendered and end up in shelters. If you, your family, co-workers or riding club are interested in providing life’s most basic joys within your community, here are some ways to help:

The March of Dimes has partnered with Holiday Expressions to bring you a unique selection of greeting cards, calendars, and a variety of affordable gifts. Every purchase you make supports the March of Dimes in their fight to save babies.
Adopt a Family by contacting The Children’s Place. Sponsors provide at least one new wrapped gift for each member of the family, as well as a grocery store gift certificate for their holiday meal.
Harvesters distribute an average of 1.6 million pounds of non-perishable food each year. This year they are also asking for frozen turkeys. Collection sites are available for drop off through December 23.
Annual Angel Tree program sponsored by the Salvation Army. Christmas trees decorated with more than 12,000 angels are located in malls throughout Kansas City. Adopt an angel by purchasing that child's particular gift wish through December 14. Salvation Army volunteers staff the displays during mall hours.
Project Warmth distributes donated coats and blankets throughout the winter.
Hope House provides a holiday needs list for women and children along with a December donation delivery schedule for their Independence and Lee’s Summit locations.
Wayside Waifs is having a holiday open house on December 13th from noon to 3:00 p.m. to help spread the joy of the holidays to the animals. Bring a gift of food, bedding, toys or treats you think a shelter animal would enjoy and place it under the giving tree.
The Salvation Army delivers over 750 meals on Christmas Day to the homebound and the elderly. Donating your time to help them reach everyone is one of the greatest gifts.

Your gifts will make a real difference now and throughout the year. Sharing your love – that’s truly what the holidays are all about!

Merry Christmas!

Story by Margaret Liggett