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Scraps KC's new 'Getting Tuesday' initiative highlights small businesses

Scraps KC
Posted at 7:23 AM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 08:23:31-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Scraps KC has a new twist on this year's Day of Giving.

Instead of "Giving Tuesday," Executive Director Brenda Mott said they're calling it "Getting Tuesday."

"Getting Tuesday is going to be like Giving Tuesday, but we want people to know that when they give they are going to get so much more than they ever expected," Mott said. "We need to raise funds for our mission, but also, we know how much Kansas City is struggling. Whether it's small businesses restaurants, the entertainment industry, and so what we've decided to do this year is we are have had some donations, but we've also had some people purchase gift cards. And we are going to be doing a variety of virtual activities all day long."

The nonprofit is highlighting small businesses and raising funds for Scraps KC, all while those who donate can have a good time through the virtual event.

"We have a variety of videotaped classes that will be available for people, so you don't have to do the classes on the first," Mott said. "You will have a whole week to access the videos and do them when you'd like to."

Classes range from craft making and yoga to mixology and cooking.

"Also, they're going to be able to win prizes and we'll have some action items and we'll have some classes, different types of things that people can partake in," Mott said. "It's so that we can bring to the forefront different businesses here in town who are still open who still need our support and our business, and be able to highlight them as well as raising funds for Scraps KC."

Mott said especially during this time, it's important to come together as a community.

"It breaks our hearts to see small businesses closing down; one for the owners, but also for the employees that they have working for them," Mott said. "I know how hard that must be for them to have to let those people go also. We really want to raise Kansas City up again, and remind people that this is such a great community that we have and that we just need to join together, and not just raising up businesses, but our activities are also wonderful little gifts you could give somebody so if somebody's feeling really isolated."

Mott said Kansas City is a giving place and a place full of heart.

"So rather than this just being about Scraps KC, we want to incorporate the entire community together and to start letting them think about each other and what goes on here in our city," she said.

Scraps KC's mission is to keep items out of the landfill, keep the environment clean, work with teachers and help people who are experiencing homelessness.

"Giving isn't just about us, you know, it's about spreading the love that Kansas Citians have for each other," Mott said. "We have just been very fortunate through the pandemic that we've been able to pivot and still remain in business. And we've come out of the complete shutdown, doing really well and we're so thankful for that. And so we just feel that it's really important to expand our range of care for the entire community itself."

To purchase tickets for these virtual classes and events, visit the event page.

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