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Christmas Cards for Ryland

On November 5th, Ryland Ward miraculously survived the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting after being shot five times. He’s still recovering in the hospital and is expected to remain there for another 6-8 weeks. He’s asking for Christmas cards to fill his hospital room. He especially likes cards that have…

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Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner

It’s a place where Seniors can go to celebrate Christmas without being alone. This year will mark the 40th year for the Senior Citizen Christmas dinner, which was started by retired officer Richard White. It’s estimated that 600 seniors will attend the meal which will be served at three different locations this year. If you’re…

City Union Mission Christmas Store

For years City Union Mission has hosted the Christmas Store making it possible for struggling families to “shop” for their children at no cost. Yesterday marked the opening of this year’s store and over the next couple weeks more than 21,000 gifts will go to income-qualified families. You can volunteer to help deliver gifts…

Rocking Newborns at Truman Medical Center

A new program is allowing those 55 and older the opportunity to bring a calming influence to new babies. Truman Medical Center is looking for 50 volunteers to hold and soothe babies in their NICU when their parents can’t. Some babies have to stay in the NICU for a long time and the physical contact and warmth sometimes means a quicker…

Limited Free Flu Shots

If you’ve been putting it off because you don’t have health insurance, the Kansas City Health Department is offering a limited number of free flu shots. Flu shots are available at 2400 Troost Ave. during regular clinic hours from 8:00 am-4:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 8:00 am-12:00 pm on…

Wrapped in Warmth

As the temperature drops outside, the need for hats, scarves and gloves increases. MarksNelson Marketing has put together the “Wrapped in Warmth” campaign. Last year they collected 400 hats and gloves. They are then distributed throughout Washington Square Park for free to those who are homeless. Find out how you can help…

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Hope 22 Dark to Light

Hope 22 is a local Kansas City photography project that brings awareness to the fact that 22 veterans commit suicide a day. Our mission is to raise awareness around our country’s suicide epidemic. We seek to educate the public on mental health issues such as PTSD, as well as to offer local resources for those in need. The Dark to …

Operation gratitude

It’s time to start planning your Candy GIVE-Back Collection! We are excited to work with you again this year to collect and donate sweet treats for our Deployed Troops and First Responders. Did you know that last year we received and distributed a record-setting 533,891 pounds of candy? Together, let’s break that record again…

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Diabetes assessment test

Diabetes kills more Americans each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. In the next 24 hours, over 130 people will develop kidney failure because of diabetes. That’s nearly 50,000 friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members every year. Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have…

School of the Day

Our children face more challenges and decisions today than ever before. No matter how intentional we are in raising them, when they head off to school, they face a world that is quite different than home. Establishing a routine of prayer for our children, their teachers and fellow students is vital.…

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