Thousands of needy families in the Kansas City area will have a holiday meal to enjoy on Christmas Day, thanks to the efforts of an army of volunteers.
This Saturday, 150 volunteers will assemble and fill 5,000 food boxes to distribute to families who have applied for Christmas assistance from The Salvation Army in the Kansas City metro area.
Working in assembly line fashion, the volunteers will build and then fill 5,000 boxes with all the fixings for a holiday meal, including ham, potatoes, stuffing and green beans, plus everyday staples such as flour, sugar, macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter.
The volunteer event will take place from 7:30 a.m .to 2 p.m. on Dec. 14 at a warehouse donated by Dean Realty, located at 3177 Mercier, Kansas City, Mo.
A number of businesses, schools and churches have donated food to the project, including Park Hill South High School, Avondale United Methodist Church, Cosentino’s Food Stores, the Haun Potato Company and affiliated potato growers and Pratt Industries, which donated the boxes.
In addition to the food boxes, The Salvation Army provides toys for 18,000 children in Kansas City each Christmas. The food boxes and toys are distributed a few days before Christmas from The Salvation Army’s eight community centers in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
To donate or to learn more about The Salvation Army, go to www.salarmymokan.org or call 816-756-1455.