Donations for Kansas City organization low ahead of giveaway to homeless

Posted at 3:07 PM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 20:04:42-05

Every year after Thanksgiving, "The Care for Poor People" gives clothing and toys homeless people in Kansas City. But on Friday they are wearing thin on donations.

"It not enough to provide for the homeless that are going to come out tomorrow,” said Director Keith Tripp.

The not-for-profit organization usually gets it's donations through Planet Aid.

"In years past we received approximately two truckloads, two huge truckloads of clothing from Planet Aid, this year we received a van load,” he said.  

41 Action News went to Planet Aid to see why they did not provide more donations.

Although employees there would not speak on camera -- they said there was a miscommunication and they plan to drop off more donations.

Tripp also says it was a miscommunication and does not blame Planet Aid.

He is asking anyone that can donate before Saturday’s Kansas City's Winter Survival Event to do so.

Winter Survival Event

Saturday, November 26, 2016, noon - 4 p.m.

Scottish Rite Temple, located at 1330 East Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri.

"In some cases it could be a life parole to the people who honestly need the clothing to survive the winter, they'll be under bridges, they'll be all over Kansas City but they won’t have the clothing to save lives and we are trying to save lives,” said Tripp.

Donations can be dropped off Friday night and Saturday morning at 1330 East Linwood Avenue. 

Donation list

  • Winter type clothing gently used or new for men, women, and children
  • Athletic shoes
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Toys
  • Women/Children undergarments
  • Hygiene material
  • Camping equipment
  • Luggage