City Union Mission Opens Christmas Store for Low-Income Individuals and Families
“Struggling parents want nothing more than to give their kids a Christmas full of
love, laughter and joy. 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.”
–Associate CEO Terry Megli
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The City Union Mission Christmas Store, where homeless, near-homeless and at-risk men and women can “shop” for their families at no cost, will open its doors on Monday, December 2, at 9 a.m. The Mission expects to have 50 families shop on opening day and over 600 families shopping throughout the season. In all, the ministry anticipates that more than 1,000 families will be helped this year. In order to ensure the store can serve everyone who visits, the Mission is calling for community support.
Income-qualified families will be able to shop from brand-new items in the store for each of their household members: 2 gifts for each adult and teen, 3 gifts for each child, plus a household gift that would bless the whole family. As much as $7,000 worth of gifts will be selected by families each day, so continued donations are important, welcomed and appreciated. Volunteers are also needed to work with shoppers, wrap gifts, handle donations, manage the warehouse storage, and help clean up.
“It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to set up and run our Christmas Store each year,” Executive Director Dan Doty said. “We are blessed to have the support of many individuals, businesses, churches and groups who have already donated gifts and volunteered to help. But the reality is that this store requires a steady supply of gift donations and volunteers to keep the shelves stocked and everything running smoothly.”
Although the Mission is already distributing gifts through the store, Doty said donations of certain items are still needed: small household appliances including crock pots and toaster ovens; bath and body sets for women; tool sets for men; movie-themed toys for girls; pro-sports clothing for boys; and diapers and blankets for babies. A complete list of gift items needed can be found at MissionChristmas.org.
This year’s #GivingTuesday – a global generosity movement during the week of Thanksgiving – falls on December 3. Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity for the community to come together to help the Mission fill their Christmas Store shelves. Donors can even order directly from Amazon and have items delivered by visiting https://cityunionmission.org/missionchristmas.
The store is located at the Warehouse at 1700 E. 8th Street. Shopping is done after qualifying and only with an appointment.
Qualifying takes place through our Community Assistance offices on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in November, then on Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in December.
Doty adds that items not donated must be purchased by the Mission. “It costs about $7,000 a day to keep our shelves full so every family can make their selections. We rely on financial donations from generous friends to help offset this expense,” he explained. Financial gifts can be made online at MissionChristmas.org.
“Struggling parents want nothing more than to give their kids a Christmas full of love, laughter and joy. This is an opportunity for caring people in our community to join together to celebrate the birth of Christ and help make those Christmas wishes come true,” Associate CEO Terry Megli said.
The Mission also welcomes financial contributions to support the services they provide for the homeless and near-homeless all year round. Contributions can be made online at cityunionmission.org and will be counted toward the Mission’s CELEBRATE HOPE: Reach Out to K.C.’s Poor and Homeless fundraising drive, which seeks to raise $6.5 million between October 1, 2019, and January 31, 2020.
December 3, 2019
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.
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