Good ways to support Project Warmth drive
The Kansas City Star
The economy is slowly recovering, but tell that to people struggling to keep up with utility bills, rent and essential goods for their families. Saturday’s annual Project Warmth drive is as important as ever to help people in need.
This is the 30th anniversary of the effort begun by The Kansas City Star, which has KCTV-5 as its longtime partner. This year, 11 locations metrowide will accept blankets, coats and financial contributions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Volunteers, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church and corporate groups, will load the material into well-marked trucks. The locations are the Independence Center, Metcalf South, Metro North Shopping Center, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Oak Park Mall, The Star’s north parking lot, KCTV-5, Summit Fair Shopping Center, Town Center Plaza, Ward Parkway Shopping Center and Zona Rosa.
Coats and blankets will go to needy people. The Mid America Assistance Coalition and the Salvation Army will receive the cash donations to help people pay utility bills and rent. To receive help, individuals may call the United Way of Greater Kansas City’s 2-1-1 number.
Project Warmth has collected more than $7 million since it began. Last year donations included more than 3,500 blankets, 9,000 coats for men and women, and more than 2,200 coats for children.
Look for a Project Warmth TV Special from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 on KCTV-5. Donation envelopes also will be in The Star on Dec. 9. This year the public will be able to use cellphones to make $10 donations to the Mid America Assistance Coalition. For more information go to projectwarmthkc.com.
Kansas City Star editorial cartoonist Lee Judge again is offering original cartoons for $100 donations to Project Warmth. Watch for ads in The Star for the cartoon request forms.