There are countless opportunities to give in our surrounding communities this holiday season and beyond, and here are just a few we wanted to share with you.
The Christmas program at Operation Breakthrough provides Christmas gifts and holiday meals to families in need in the central city. The children who receive Christmas aid all come from low-income families which includes children in foster care as well as homeless children. Nearly all live in single-parent families, headed by working-poor women. Donors specify the size of the family they want to adopt and receive a wishlist of gifts of $25 or under. Delivery of gifts for 2018 are due at the Christmas warehouse the week of December 10th. If interested email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Operationbreakthrough.org for more information.
Thelma’s Kitchen is the first donate-what-you-can cafe in Kansas City and is here to meet the very real needs for affordable food access in the city. This non-profit believes that when we serve together and sit and share a meal together, we begin to understand each other. Thelma’s Kitchen relies on a 90% volunteer staff to help feed our community. Whether you like to make food, interact with guests, or tidy things up, there are many ways to put your skills to use. Thelma’s kitchen takes both food and monetary donations and welcome community volunteers. To find out more visit ThelmasKitchen.org.
Single MOM KC
Holiday Gift Assistance
The Single MOM KC collects a supply of gift cards throughout the year to distribute to single parent families specifically for holiday gift assistance. Gift cards range in value and form, but often include needs such as gas, restaurants or coffee shops, and large grocery and department stores. *Please note that the allocation of these resources is determined by leaders within the organization based on some degree of relationship with the family in need.
This support is given to single mothers who have attended workshops and events throughout the year.
For more information contact SingleMomKc.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters KC
BBBSKC offers children facing adversity a long-term developmental relationship with a caring adult. Mentors (Bigs) serve as friends, mentors and role models, helping youth gain greater self-confidence. Opportunities range from mentoring a child from 2nd – 7th grade by spending time together a few hours each week doing normal, everyday activities like playing catch, watching a movie or going out for ice cream. The ACES program matches Bigs with Littles who are trying to navigate the exciting, yet sometimes overwhelming process of high school and beyond. Matches get together a few times a month and have fun together doing normal activities, but also focusing on college and career planning.
For more information visit bbbskc.org