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Free School Clothing for Students K Through 6. More People Seek Assistance at City Union Mission As Heat Wave continues

Published Jul 25, 2012, 8:50am
City Union Mission As Heat Wave Drives Hits Kansas City Free School Clothing for Students K Through 6

City Union Mission Provides Free School Clothing for Students K Through 6

The Mission’s back-to-school “store” is open now through August 10

“Having clothes that fit, that are comfortable and that make children feel good about

 themselves is important to their success in the classroom.  That’s why this year we decided to make clothing the focus of our back-to-school outreach.”  —Executive Director Daniel J. Doty

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—This week disadvantaged youngsters and their parents are “shopping” for free clothing at City Union Mission’s back-to-school “store.”  Income-qualified students in grades K through 6 will receive an outfit made up of items required by the Kansas City Missouri School District, including a blue polo shirt and khaki pants.  Two pairs of white socks and two pairs of underwear will also be given to each child.

The shirts and pants were provided at a reduced cost by Dennis Uniform and purchased with funds given to the Mission for back-to-school needs.  The socks and underwear were donated by employees at Assurant Employee Benefits.

“We’re grateful to these two corporate partners along with Mission donors for providing these items that would otherwise be difficult for struggling parents to afford,” said Executive Director Daniel J. Doty.  “Having clothes that fit, that are comfortable and that make children feel good about themselves is important to their success in the classroom.  That’s why this year we decided to make clothing the focus of our back-to-school outreach.”

Students and their parents interested in receiving the free clothing are invited to visit the Mission’s Community Assistance office—1310 Wabash—to qualify and then select the items in the proper sizes.  Hours of distribution are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a shortened schedule of 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, August 30.  The program will run through August 10 or for as long as supplies last.  More than 600 students are expected to shop.

“We’ve already spoken with a number of students and their parents who are excited by this opportunity to start the year with new clothes, and they hope the program continues,” Doty said.  “The Mission has already begun accepting donations for next year’s clothing distribution.”

Financial contributions can be made online at www.cityunionmission.org.  Additional information on City Union Mission’s programs and services is available on the website as well.         

 City Union Mission is an evangelical Christian ministry committed to sharing the Gospel and meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of men, women and children who are poor or homeless.

City Union Mission.  Your City.  Your Mission.
www.cityunionmission.org

More People Seek Assistance at City Union Mission As Heat Wave Drives Hits Kansas City

“Summer heat—especially when it rises into the triple digits—can bring on a completely different set of circumstances that increase the number of people who need our help.”

—Daniel J. Doty

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—As a result of the oppressive heat wave, more people are turning to City Union Mission for services they need to stay cool, safe and healthy. Mission officials report all beds in their Family Shelter are full and they’re opening overflow space to house as many as 10 additional children and adults.



“We’re doing all we can, but it’s still not enough,” said Executive Director Daniel J. Doty, noting of the 50 calls received by the Mission-sponsored hotline for the homeless in the first two days of the rising heat, more than half had to be told there were no beds available.

“Summer heat—especially when it rises into the triple digits—can bring on a completely different set of circumstances that increase the number of people who need our help,” Doty said. “In addition to the homeless who need a place to stay cool, those who do have homes but no electricity to run fans or air conditioning need the same type of assistance—especially families with infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions.”

As the stifling heat continues, the Mission is also opening a dayroom at its Men’s Shelter where homeless men can come in from the streets for cool refuge, noontime meals and ice cold water.



“Our staff geared up quickly to meet these additional demands on our services, which also puts an additional strain on our budget,” Doty said. “We certainly appreciate any financial support our friends and partners can provide at this critical time.” Donations can be made online, 24 hours a day, at www.cityunionmission.org.

Additional information on City Union Mission’s programs and services is also available online at www.cityunionmission.org.

City Union Mission is an evangelical Christian ministry committed to sharing the Gospel and meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of men, women and children who are poor or homeless.

City Union Mission. Your City. Your Mission.
www.cityunionmission.org




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