Spotlight On: Helping our Hometown

While working on setting up KCFFI ONLINE for 2020, we are not blind to all the things going on in the world, and our community.. We wanted to help put a spotlight on some of the organizations and individuals helping our hometown, and who can benefit from our donations or volunteering our time.  Please check back for more as we add them.

“Blood Shortage – To ensure we are prepared to support health agencies in our communities and across the country, CBC strongly urges individuals who feel healthy and well to make an appointment at a donor center or blood drive to give blood, platelets and plasma. Appointments are required; walk-ins will not be accepted at this time.”

Selected by the Royals Relief Fund for assistance during this time, the Don Bosco Senior Center is working hard to keep those meals coming! Current clients can drive up for curb-side pick-up, or get their hot lunch delivered. 

YMCAs in the Kansas City metro area are closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. But some of those facilities are now providing childcare services throughout the day to school-aged children of workers who are considered essential.

To help those in our production community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, KC Film, in partnership with KCWIFT, are selling our newest hats and notebooks. 100% of proceeds and donations go to purchasing $50 gift cards to support Kansas City crew during this difficult time.

Michael Foust of Black Sheep has replaced traditional dine-in service with curbside boxed lunches consisting of grilled cheese, tomato soup, microgreens and a cookie. Any payment is strictly voluntary. Customers who are able to pay can also pay for others. The restaurant is also serving a nightly dinner special that varies depending on ingredient donations from farms such as City Bitty Farm and Taveronna, and bakeries such as Bloom Bakery. A makeshift carryout window with a six-foot separation between staff and customers has been set up for meal pickup. Delivery is available up to a five-mile radius.

Made in KC has teamed up with Sandlot Goods and area hospitals to create cotton face masks and plastic face shields for doctors and nurses. Sandlot is enlisting people to sew from home, and donations to help for supplies.

Judy Kelly said she and her group “One Mask at a Time” are sewing and distributing face masks and surgical caps to first responders, nursing homes and hospice care centers.

This group exists to coordinate Makers in Kansas City and the surrounding metro in helping to print and provide Personal Protective Equipment for medical professionals.

“Each of our Kansas City Ronald McDonald Houses are open and continue to keep families together. We are working closely with our hospital partners to ensure a safe and sanitary environment that protects the health of families, employees, volunteers, visitors, or others to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community and beyond.
How You Can Help: 1. Make a Financial Gift: We will use these donations to help families who are staying in our Houses. It costs $100 to keep a family overnight. Please consider gifting a family the ability to stay for a night, a week or a month. Make a Gift Today: 2. Purchase and mail: Clorox wipes. Thanks to so many of you, our food situation is in good shape. What we need now is what everyone needs: Sanitizing wipes. If you have access to these please send them to 2502 Cherry St. Kansas City, MO 64108.”

The Sewing Labs is making and delivering masks to the medical community in KC. They are currently looking for healthy volunteers to compile kits with all the materials needed to sew.

Operation Breakthrough continues to provide essential services for our 350+ families. Now more than ever, we can only do what we do because of you.  To limit social contact during donation drop offs, we have a bin inside our front door from 9 – 5. Tax receipts are provided on the side of bin.