What do World Vision (an evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization), Toyota and NASCAR have in common? They all came together at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City to help homeless and hurting women for Mother's Day by building and donating hygiene kits. Each kit came in a nice hygiene bag filled with shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, face towels and other items, including an encouraging note. The event produced 200 kits for City Union Mission delivered in a souped-up Toyota Tundra. They also donated 23 tickets to the weekend race. Thank you World Vision, Toyota and NASCAR!
HyVee store directors helped deliver and unload foods collected from the annual FeedKCNow campaign for the Mission held in March. Once again, all of the local HyVee stores put action to their compassion by inviting shoppers to purchase $5 and $10 bags of HyVee canned vegetables and fruits, tuna, cereal and pasta to donate to the Mission. The final total collected and donated by HyVee was $17,745! Thank you, HyVee and your shoppers, for helping us feed our homeless guests and poor neighbors!
Giving the Basics has been a friend of the Mission for over 6 years now, providing hygiene products and more to our guests on a monthly basis. We appreciate you blessing City Union Mission with these much needed donations. Thank you for the great work you do for us and others in our community!
Courtney, Adam and Jill and all those involved on the “Haircuts for the Homeless” crew came together to cut hair, give manicures and massages, take photos, and donated food as well as 380 pounds of toilet paper, jeans, hygiene products, sheets and more! We are so grateful to all those involved with "Haircuts for the Homeless"! You all were such a blessing to our guests!
Longtime friends of City Union Mission, Henderson Engineers, Inc., truly has a heart to support their community. They have plenty of great causes to choose from and support, so we are very grateful they chose the Mission for their February sock drive. Henderson Engineers collected over 520 pairs of socks for our guests! Going the extra mile, they donated $500 for other Mission needs, like toilet paper. Thank you, Henderson Engineers, for building up your community with not only buildings, but people, too.
Last year, Jessi and her coworkers at Children's Mercy Hospital collected 14 packs of toilet paper for City Union Mission. Upon delivering toilet paper and learning a little more about the Mission, Jessi vowed they would do another drive to help. She delivered on her promise. Today, she and her colleagues donated 125 pounds of TP! She coordinated these efforts for our homeless neighbors while expecting to deliver in another way- a baby! Congratulations and thank you, Jessi and Children's Mercy Hospital
Fuego is a nice little store nestled in the Oak Park Mall, which sells an eclectic mix of jewelry, accessories, novelty items, and apparel. The company encourages community involvement for it's stores and allows store managers freedom to create how that is accomplished. Fuego at Oak Park Mall decided upon a sock drive involving customers and stores. They were not sure how many socks this would generate since it was their first time. They were able to collect 786 pairs of socks! Fuego was on fire! Thank you, Fuego!
There are many, many heart-warming stories which happen everyday around this time of the year. Olive Garden certainly continues to create pleasant memories for our guests, who often feel alone, depressed and without hope during the holiday season. As they have done for years in the past, Olive Garden came to the Family Center last month, and this month to the Men's Center to serve their delicious food with excellent customer service. Our guests were treated with the utmost love and compassion while receiving their meals. We thank Ron and the Olive Garden crew for sharing their time, food and love with "the least of these". Thank you, Olive Garden!!
Monica Green of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated Sisters of Service S.O.S 1 & 2 called list past holiday season to say she and her sisters wanted to collect and donate meal bags to the Mission for Christmas. When she delivered the six meal bags, she asked, "What else do you need?" She made a commitment to help with toilet paper and diapers in the new year, as she learned that we go through approximately 3,800 rolls per month. She conferred with her sisters and they went to work. They not only made collections amongst themselves, but rallied some of their employers, AECOM and Cargo Largo, to get involved. The sum total was 289 lbs of toilet paper! Thank you all for caring for the hurting and homeless that we server here at City Union Mission!
Commitment to community is an initiative of United Missouri Bank. The past couple of years they have become more active in serving at the Mission. This year they came to spend a whole day helping set-up our Mission: Christmas store. They were back a few weeks later to volunteer helping people "shop" and then wrapping the gifts. We appreciate UMB for having such big hearts for those we serve!
Heartland Chevrolet again this year provided an opportunity for those in Liberty and the surrounding community to be involved with City Union Mission. They received meal bags and accepted donations to provide and put together nearly 640 meal bags! WOW! These bags had a specific list of items we needed to help complete a Christmas meal for those we serve through our Mission:Christmas initiative. Thank you Heartland Chevrolet for providing an opportunity to serve the poor and the homeless.
Traditions are usually begun by one special moment. Last year, UBS Financial had that moment when they collected and donated canned food and money. It went so well, they decided to do it again this year. And so, a tradition of compassion has been born at UBS. This year UBS collected 426 pounds of canned food and baby wipes, as well as nearly $2,000. UBS, thank you. We hope to continue the tradition of compassion next year and years to come!
Last year, the Mission gave away over 16,000 brand new items in our Christmas Store, from crock-pots to toys to clothes, to over 800 qualifying low-income or homeless families. To pull off Mission: Christmas takes tremendous effort and requires collaboration from community partners. The past few years, Walmart has proven to be a firm support in helping fill the Christmas store. This year, Walmart store #4611, donated $2,000 through the Walmart foundation. Store Manager Michelle empathized with the struggles endured by our homeless guests and poor neighbors as the try to provide Christmas gifts for their families. Thank you, Michelle and Walmart!
Midwest Financial Partners helps people make wise financial investments coupled with sound financial management. They also believe in investing in their community. Year after year, Midwest Financial Partners challenges themselves and their clients to donate items for the homeless guests at City Union Mission. This year, Midwest Financial Partners collected and donated 99 pounds of toilet paper, 70 pounds of paper towels, 38 pounds of Kleenex, 53 pounds of baby wipes, 88 pounds of hygiene items and 37 pounds of diapers. They are fully invested! Thank you, Midwest Financial Partners!
Heartland Chevrolet was presented a plaque recently to thank them for their generosity in providing meal bags for our 2015 Mission:Christmas initiative. They organized a community effort and collected over 500 bags! Thank you Heartland Chevrolet for your hearts for the poor and the homeless.