One of the great experiences about living and working in the Kansas City metro area is that the adage, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” is actually true.
As much as our lives are enriched from jobs, schools, and everything else our area has to offer us, we feel so privileged to live and work here which is why it is so important to us to put our most valuable resource — time — on the table to give away within the metro area.
Recently, Dr. Kanning and Dr. Leeper led a group of 12 from our office to show our love and care to the people who live around us. We spent several hours folding clothes and organizing them for an amazing event called Operation School Bell. Operation School Bell provides new clothing and school supplies to K-12 students. Last year, they served 3,441 students. The students come in and shop (they don’t actually pay), and learn how to shop and pay attention to money in a stress-free way.
Who Puts This Event On?
This event is put on by the Assistance League of Kansas City, a chapter of the National Assistance League. The local organization has been working in Kansas City for 33 years, and it is run completely by over 300 volunteers. The Assistance League operates a store called ReSALE in Gladstone which takes gently used clothing, home goods, toys, books, furniture, and other things like that which they then sell. The money they receive from that goes to fund the Operation School Bell event!
We are so glad to live and work where we do. We’re thankful to you for making this possible for us.
If you’d like to show your love to the community we live in, here are some opportunities that anyone can do:
Assault Survivor Kits® – could use help with toiletry kits, folding t-shirts, labels on tags, labels on books; assembling bags all year round (10-15 people needed)
Operation Hug – bear baggers needed – 3 times per year – any age – 4 week notification
Operation School Bell® – could use help sorting and folding in the back room, with health kits – older teens and adults: on-call basis
THE ReSALE SHOP (our thrift store) – sort clothing, sort hangers, clean/sort housewares, tag items, assist at the donation door, dust, vacuum, straighten racks – smaller groups (maximum of 7 people each session) from teens on up
Senior Outreach Service – volunteers can help with the senior pal cards work (sorting and addressing, etc.); could also help with shopping, wrapping, labeling and delivering Christmas gifts for 120+ senior pals.
Specific skill building, i.e. college student teaching computer skills
Any collection drives a group would like to take on, i.e. school items for Operation Child in Need or donations for THE ReSALE SHOP.