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Season of giving: Kansas City area shelters have need for donations during holidays

Posted: 3:53 PM, Dec 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-02 18:31:02-05
Shelters need donations during holidays
City Union Mission

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It's the season of giving.

During the holidays, nonprofits such as City Union Mission and reStart see a surge of people donating items for those in need.

"It definitely increases the amount of things people want to donate, probably at least doubles,” said Ann Klockau, volunteer manager at reStart. “People are very generous.”

reStart houses up to 200 people a day — and it takes a community to do so, especially for the donations.

"There was a time a couple of months ago that we were completely out of towels,” Klockau said. “That's not good when you have people coming in and don't have a bath towel to give.”

At City Union Mission, staff opened a Christmas store for low-income families to “shop” for gifts at no cost.

"Our families get to come in, look through our store and pick out items for their children and other family members," said Garry Jones, community assistance administrator.

But at this time of year, these organizations still need help from the public.

Jones said that City Union Mission is especially in need of space heaters, blankets and other items to keep people warm. At reStart, the big need is towels, sheets, blankets, sweatpants and underwear, Klockau said.

Both organizations hope the donations and help for the homeless do not stop come spring and summer.

"If somebody has the heart to help, yeah, come on down," Jones said.

For those who wish to donate, both organizations also have Amazon wish lists.

Click here to help City Union Mission. Click here to help reStart.