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‘Nobody deserves to be cold:' KCMO church asks for help filling bags to keep people warm

Posted at 11:59 AM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 17:58:51-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- At Unity Southeast Ministries, the problem isn’t supply. It’s distribution. 

That’s where you can help.  

Randy Fikki is the minister of this small congregation with a big task at hand.  

“[December 17] is our packaging event, so we’re asking people in the community to come in,” he said. “What’ll happen is, everybody will get a toothbrush, a set of gloves, socks, cap, scarf. And it’ll all go in a bag. And then our goal is to zip it up, so now it’s rainproof, snow proof.”

The goal is to distribute more than 600 of these winter weather packs. 

There are already more than 2,500 items on hand to be given out to those in need. 

“I’m not asking anyone to give anything,” Fikki told 41 Action News. “I’m not looking for money, I’m not looking for product.”  

Just a little bit of your time. 

Volunteers are being asked to just show up around noon and help stuff those bags.  

“Why not, why not?” Fikki asked. “Have you ever been cold and wish you had a pair of gloves and you had the luxury of going inside your house 15 minutes later? After you’re done shoveling, these people don’t have the luxury of going in their house. They’re standing outside, and if a pair of gloves can give somebody hope, if a scarf can give somebody warmth, why not?”

If you’d like to donate your time or supplies or if you are in need, you can visit Unity Southeast Ministries at 3421 E. Meyer Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri, 64132.