Volunteers wrap donated gifts for families in need

MISSION, Kan. - Not every child will have a gift to open or even have a meal to eat this Christmas, but the Mission Convention and Visitors Bureau is changing that for three dozen families with children in need.

"We get the names from Shawnee Mission North, from Rushton Elementary, and from Santa Fe Elementary and then I have residents that just call me and ask ‘would you put me on your list?'  We don't turn anybody down," said Mission City Council member Suzie Gibbs.

About 50 volunteers wrapped presents and packed food baskets on Friday.  The annual tradition relies on donations and money from the community.

"All the canned goods we have here, the gifts we have, the city of Mission has phenomenal residents.  They just pull together and help us do this," Gibbs said.

Once everything is wrapped, volunteers deliver them to families that don't have gifts or a Christmas meal for their children.

"You get tears, you get hugs. We get notes that say 'I had a terrible day, I was in a depression and you guys just made my day.'  So, it's phenomenal," Gibbs said.

More than 2,000 pairs of socks were also donated for the Uplift Organization to give to the homeless.

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