City Union Mission Opens Christmas Store for Low-Income Individuals and Families
“This is a great way for caring people in the community to play a personal role in ensuring loving but struggling parents can provide gifts and a merry Christmas for their children.”
– Chief Executive Officer 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, November 16, at 9 a.m. The Mission expects to have 32 families shop on opening day and over 700 families shopping throughout the season. In all, the ministry anticipates that nearly 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 $4,000 worth of gifts will be selected by families each day, so continued donations are important, welcomed and appreciated. Volunteer opportunities are available at the Christmas Store to assist clients with shopping.
“Our Christmas Store requires a lot of work and dedication on behalf of everybody involved,” Chief Executive Officer Terry Megli said. “We are grateful for all of the individuals, businesses, churches and groups who have already donated gifts, but we know we’ll need a steady supply of gift donations to keep our shelves filled and everything running smoothly.”
Although the Mission is already distributing gifts through the store, Megli 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; remote control vehicles 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 1. 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, from 1pm to 3pm in November; then Monday through Friday, 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm in December.
Megli adds that items not donated must be purchased by the Mission. “It costs about $4,000 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.
“This is a great way for caring people in the community to play a personal role in ensuring loving but struggling parents can provide gifts and a merry Christmas for their children. Help us encourage others to have a Christ centered Christmas!” 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 fundraising campaign, which seeks to raise $7 million between October 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021.
For more information on City Union Mission’s full range of programs and services, 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.
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