Shelter KC to serve Christmas meals on Friday


Shelter KC’s second annual celebration of Christmas for Kansas City’s neediest residents will be held Friday, Dec. 23. And it will go on no matter what the weather brings.

There are many Christmas events for homeless and poor families and children in Kansas City. Shelter KC works with homeless adults, and this event gives them a joyous holiday dinner event. The event is an opportunity to bundle up some practical items to help them survive this winter. The idea is to share hope with those who have no hope, a spokesman stated.

The event will be at two locations, the Shelter KC’s Men’s Center, 1520 Cherry St., and the Truman event center nearby in Kansas City, Missouri.

A special holiday dinner will be served at Shelter KC, with the remainder of the celebration planned for the Truman across the street from the Men’s Center.

There will be three seatings of up to 150 people at a time for dinner. After eating, guests will walk across the street for the rest of the celebration.

Shelter KC plans to distribute at least 600 gift bags in specially designed bags at the event. There will be a gospel message and live musical groups will perform.

Shoes and socks have been donated, in partnership with Operation Care International, and will be distributed along with winter hats, gloves and coats.

There also will be game and crafts booths, dessert, a coffee truck, and Santa Claus will visit throughout the day.

Hundreds of volunteers will assist. Financial donations are more than welcome. Donate through the website:

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Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS, police stated. All tips will remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward, according to police.

Shelter KC seeks donations of practical items for homeless

Shelter KC, the Kansas City rescue mission, is seeking donations of practical gifts for the homeless.

Its annual celebration scheduled for Friday, Dec. 23, will distribute new shoes and socks with other practical gifts.

Shelter KC works with homeless adults and a holiday dinner will be served at the celebration.

The public is asked to help by giving adult toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, lip balm, razors, body lotion, knit hats, scarves, gloves, socks and other items. There will be new shoes and socks distributed thanks to generous donors and Operation Care International.

Shelter KC also asks for personalized Christmas cards (signed only with donors first names), with a warm message that can touch the heart.

The Mission asks that donations be put into a gallon zip-lock bag or a plastic grocery bag and dropped off at 1520 Cherry St., Kansas City, Missouri. The bags should not contain anything perishable. Deadline for donations is end-of-day Dec. 19.

Shelter KC plans to distribute at least 600 gift bags in specially designed string bag backpacks at the Dec. 23 event.

Financial donations may be made to