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Last minute donations cover City holiday party toys

The City of Kansas City, Mo.’s Gregg Klice Community Center, along with Toys for Tots, will have enough toys for the 800 children registered to attend the center’s annual holiday party Saturday, Dec. 11, thanks to generous last minute donations amounting to more than $5,500.

As of Thursday, Dec. 9, the local Toys for Tots supply had depleted, meaning the 800 children anticipating a present would not receive one.

“For some children, the Gregg Klice Community Center’s holiday party may be their only holiday celebration,” said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. “The prospect of these children going home empty-handed was disheartening so staff reached out and the community responded.”

Those who contributed donations include Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners; the Kansas City Royals; Target; the University of Missouri – Kansas City; Debbie Goodall; the City’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement; and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.

“Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners is proud to support the Mayor’s holiday parties, generally, and specifically to contribute to the toy drive for the Gregg Klice Community Center’s holiday party,” said Bob Finuf, CEO of Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners. “These parties offer a wonderful opportunity for families to come together and enjoy this special time each year, and we are grateful for the Parks and Recreation Department’s efforts in organizing the events.”

Thanks to the City’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement’s quick thinking and networking, word about the toy deficit spread quickly, and the response was greater than expected.

“When City staff started making last minute calls asking for donations, we were hoping for minimal contributions, but we never expected this much generosity,” said 3rd District Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks. “We feel so blessed that businesses and the community recognize the importance of these toys and the difference it could make in the life of a child.”

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Thalia Cherry, manager of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, at 816-513-1378.


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