City Union Mission Issues Final Plea to Help Raise $7 Million Campaign Goal by
“I’ve seen firsthand how caring and compassionate our community can be, and I’m confident
our friends and supporters will give generously during the final days of this campaign to help transform lives in the new year.” – Chief Executive Officer Terry Megli
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—As they enter the homestretch of their largest annual fundraiser, City Union Mission officials are urging the community to help close the gap on their $7 million campaign goal through generous support. The Mission’s CELEBRATE HOPE: Reach Out to K.C.’s Poor and Homeless campaign began October 1, 2020, with the goal of raising $7 million by January 31, 2021. As of December 31, the Mission is still $1,430,418 short of their goal. Funds raised from the four-month campaign represent about half of the Mission’s annual operating budget to meet the needs of Kansas City’s hungry, homeless and working poor throughout the winter months and into the new year.
The Mission closed their Christmas Store for the season, where 804 homeless, near-homeless and at-risk men and women were able to “shop” for their families at no cost. “In all, the Mission Christmas outreach helped 2,758 individuals in our community this season. We have been blessed with the support of many individuals, businesses, churches and groups who donated gifts and volunteered to help,” Chief Executive Officer Terry Megli said. “This is an opportunity for caring people in our community to join together to celebrate the birth of Christ and help make Christmas wishes come true.”
On a daily basis, the Mission shelters an average of 400 men, women and children, and serves more than 650 meals to shelter residents and guests, as well as hungry members of the community. Clothing, medical care and other essential services are provided to thousands of homeless and near-homeless individuals each year. The Mission expects those numbers to remain steady, if not increase, throughout 2021.
“Community support is critical to fund the Mission’s daily operations and life-changing programs for the hundreds of homeless men, women and children who turn to us for help every day,” said Megli. “Our hurting neighbors need their immediate needs met—such as warm clothes, safe shelter and nourishing meals—as well as spiritual support and guidance to help rebuild their lives. We simply can’t provide these services without the funding from this campaign. The thought of turning people away due to lack of resources is heartbreaking, and we need help right away to ensure this doesn’t happen.”
“As we near the January 31 deadline, I hope those in the Kansas City area will think about the plight of their struggling neighbors and give as generously as possible,” Megli said. “I’ve seen firsthand how caring and compassionate our community can be, and I’m confident our friends and supporters will give generously during the final days of this campaign to help transform lives in the new year.”
Contributions toward the goal can be made online at cityunionmission.org or mailed to City Union Mission, P.O. Box 270107, Kansas City, Missouri 64127.
City Union Mission is an evangelical Christian ministry committed to sharing the Gospel and meeting the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of men, women and children who are poor or homeless. City Union Mission. Loving those who need love most.