City Union Mission Needs Help Stocking Their Christmas Store Shelves for Kansas City’s Struggling Families Gifts needed by November 15
“There’s no better time than the holidays to share your blessings with our neighbors in need, and help make Christmas wishes come true for local families.” –Executive Director Dan Doty
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— On Monday, December 2, at 9 a.m., City Union Mission will open their Christmas Store, welcoming shelter guests, residents of their programs and income-qualified families from throughout Kansas City to “shop” for presents at no cost. The Mission anticipates 250 families will visit before the end of the first week.
The Mission encourages individuals, groups, churches and businesses to begin shopping now to help stock the Christmas Store with inventory before November 15. Families will be able to shop for brand-new items: two gifts for each adult/teen, three gifts for each child, plus a household gift that would bless the entire family.
“We expect to hand out as much as $2,500 worth of gifts each day, so we are tremendously grateful for donations of all kinds – bath & body sets for men and women and other gift sets, toys, small household appliances and more,” said Executive Director Dan Doty.
In all, the Mission expects to provide gifts for more than 1,000 families and 4,700 people in need throughout the holiday season.
Families qualify to shop in the store through an interview at the Mission’s Community Assistance offices, open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in November, and Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in December. Beyond qualifying families to shop, these interviews give Mission volunteers an opportunity to encourage, pray for and share the love of Christ with every family they meet.
“There’s no better time than the holidays to share your blessings with our neighbors in need. At the Mission, we rely on the generosity of our community to help make Christmas wishes come true for local families,” Doty said. “When you’re struggling to keep food on the table or a roof overhead, buying your family gifts just isn’t possible. That’s why we urge our community to come together in a spirit of generosity and make this Christmas extra special by providing enough gifts for everyone who comes through our doors.”
The Christmas Store is a central part of the organization’s annual Mission Christmas program, which last year provided more than 16,000 gifts to thousands of income-qualified families and individuals through the Christmas Store, plus gifts to children in the Mission’s Vanderberg Youth Center, men in their emergency shelter, residents of local nursing homes and inmates in Jackson County jails.
A complete list of Christmas Store needs can be found online at MissionChristmas.org. Donations can be delivered to the Christmas Store, 1700 E. 8th Street in Kansas City, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, and at the Mission’s Family Center, 1310 Wabash in Kansas City, after 4 p.m. daily and anytime on weekends. The Mission also welcomes financial contributions, and invites volunteers to help with qualifying interviews, assisting shoppers, wrapping gifts and stocking shelves with donations. For more information on City Union Mission and how to get involved, visit cityunionmission.org.
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.