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!
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!
When it comes to breaking down the statsistics of basketball games, ShotTracker hit a big shot. Their innovative product allows for real-time statistics during the game. They scored an even bigger shot by inviting their guests to participate in #Lunchbag, a nationwide campaign which helps groups come together to feed the homeless by filling lunch bags, writing an encouraging message on a card, and then giving them to the homeless. ShotTracker chose the homeless at City Union Mission as recipients of their lunch bags initiative this year. Over 200 lunches were made and donated. ShotTracker for the win...SCORE!!! Thank you, ShotTracker.
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.
City Union Mission has been around for many years with the help of great partners like Continental Disc Corporation. Continental Disc employees were presented with the opportunity to donate funds to a charity of their choice and they chose the Mission. This year Continental Disc Corporation presented the Mission with a $6,000 check to help us continue serving our homeless guests and poor neighbors. Thank you, Continental Disc Corporation!
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!
For years now, Cargill has collaborated with Consentino's Price Chopper to help impoverished families have a Thanksgiving by donating 150 turkeys to City Union Mission. These turkeys are then paired with other traditional Thanksgiving foods (stuffing, gravy, green beans, etc) and boxed up by volunteers at the Mission. They are then distributed to qualifying families through our Community Assistance. Thanks to Cargill and Consentino's Price Chopper, there will be some full tummies instead of hunger pains for some families. Thank you for having such a big heart for the homeless!
Donna, of Ask-A-Nurse Resource Center at Shawnee Mission Health, was on a mission to do more to help hurting people. Inspired by Shawnee Mission Health's culture of sharing God's love to all, she connected with City Union Mission to see what her small department could do to. The result: nine bags of toilet paper, two packs of diapers and a bag of hygiene products! The diapers were right on time for some women staying at the Mission, who were about to have babies. It is amazing to see what God can do with people with big hearts in small departments. Thank you Ask-A-Nurse!
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.