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Here’s where Kansas Citians can donate — and receive — food and gifts this holiday season KCUR 89.3 ” Kansas

Vacation feels different this year. For starters, things are costing their highest in decades, and with downsizing and layoffs, more and more people are finding themselves in financial trouble.

We are also still in a global pandemic and many have health concerns gathering with family and friends.

Non-profit organizations are also feeling the effects of the crisis. Harvesters Community Food Network has seen a 42% decrease in the amount of government-supplied food it can distribute to affiliates. Experts warn many agencies should expect a “drop in donations in 2022” due to inflation.

So if you’re able to make a monetary, food or in-kind donation this holiday season, or if you or someone you love needs help, we’ve put together this list of options for the Kansas City area.

ways you can give

Harvester’s Community Food Network: Harvesters serves more than 25 counties in Kansas and Missouri. You can drop off non-perishable food at Harvesters kegs at grocery stores, businesses, or community food drives. Monetary donations are also welcome.

Mercy Toy Drive for kids: A virtual ride seeking either toy or monetary donations to support hospitalized children and their families over the holiday season.

KVC’s Holiday Heroes Program: Collecting gifts, gift certificates and financial donations for children in foster care who have recently been reunited with families or adopted. You can also choose to adopt an entire family.

Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries Christmas Sale: Providing winter coats, clothes and new gifts for family members. Households can also receive small kitchen appliances, blankets or gift cards. Gifts can be dropped off at 3031 Holmes Street, Kansas City, or you can call 816-931-0027 to arrange an alternate drop-off schedule.

Rose Brooks Holiday Store: Designed to give families exiting domestic violence shelters what they need to begin their new lives. Drop off household items, clothing, kitchen supplies and more between December 3rd and 13th at the Ward Parkway Center. Gift cards for Target, Wal-Mart or fuel cards are some of the most requested items.

Greater Kansas City Hanukkah Project Jewish Family Ministries: JFS serves thousands of people of different denominations, ages and cultural backgrounds. You can adopt a family or individual from among the 300 who have completed Hanukkah “wish lists” and deliver unwrapped items at scheduled drop-off times.

reStart winter options: reStart offers housing for the homeless for 30 days to 18 months. The program includes recovery skills and community and social integration. Sponsor an individual or family at the Emergency Family Shelter with gifts or other winter needs. Drop off unwrapped gifts at 918 E. 9th Street. in Kansas City.

Where to find services

Independence Community Services League: Free family Christmas store in Jackson, Jefferson County and Kansas City. Grocery baskets and Christmas trees, food supplies and advice on accessing utility and rental support. The hotel is located at 404 North Noland Road in Independence.

Toys for toddlers: Offers free unwrapped gifts to children from low-income families. Created by the US Marine Corps, the program works with local churches, nonprofits, businesses and agencies to distribute toys. Check the Toys for Tots website for toy distributors near you.

Catholic Charities in Northeast Kansas: A pantry and closet at 9806 W. 87th Street in Overland Park. Pantry hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The wardrobes are open Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Mission of the City Union: Low-income men, women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness can shop at a “Christmas store” through December 22. Gift items include small home appliances, gifts for teens and toddlers, clothing and groceries. Located at 1100 E. 11th Street in Kansas City.

Raytown REAP: Vacation Allowance for Income Eligible Persons in the Raytown School District, 9300 E. 75th Street.

Lee’s Social Services Summit: Holiday shop selling toys, books and games at bargain prices at 198 SE 4th Street. Coats and holiday baskets for current customers of Lee’s Summit Social Services.

LUMA: Weekly Food Pantry offers groceries and household items every Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Partnered with diaper bank Happy Bottoms to provide diapers and pull-ups, Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Located at 4205 Tracy in Kansas City.