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Ways You Can Help Texas Recover From Hurricane Harvey

The devastating news of Hurricane Harvey down in Texas has hit close to home for many of us.  Being so far away can leave us feeling helpless and wondering what we could be doing to help.  Bridgette, from the iFamily Mom & Dad Squad, is a Texas Native.  She’s here with some suggestions on ways to give and support the victims of Hurricane Harvey!

#texasstrong

Here Are Some WaysThat KC Can Be #TexasStrong

 

As someone that considers herself both a Kansas Citian and Texan, this post is extremely difficult for me to write. Last week, family and friends of my family and possibly yours have been hit hard by the result of Hurricane Harvey. What started out as a mere “tropical storm” quickly escalated to a category 4 hurricane. This unfortunate event has displaced many, many people. Young, old, rich, poor, black or white.. people have been stranded, displaced and worst of all separated from their families or lost loved ones.

Being here in Kansas City and not close to my family and friends during this time has really been hard to process and unsettling. But thankfully there are several organizations around the city that are accepting donations to send to all of the victims in Houston and surrounding cities.

This week you can do what you can by sending items that are in great need. Remember, these people have had their homes destroyed and possibly only have the clothes on their back. Here are a few items that are in great need:

Kids:

Diapers

Wipes

Formula

Rash Cream

Baby Shampoo/ Powder

Clothes

Shoes

Socks/ underwear

Coats

Adults:

Clothes

Shoes

Socks

Coats

Under garments

Care:

Toothpaste/ Toothbrush

Shampoo & conditioner

Deodorant

Feminine Hygiene products

Combs/ brushes

Blankets

Towels/ wash rags

Soap

Pillows and more..

 

Not sure where to donate?  Try considering these options.

Red Cross:

You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief or visit them online at https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey for proceeds to go strictly to Harvey Victims

 

VFW

You can join with the VFW and show your support by making a $10 donation to the VFW’s relief efforts by texting the keyword “NEEDS” to 27722, or mail in your donation of any amount to: VFW Quartermaster General, 406 W 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. All funds raised will be distributed to veterans, military personnel and their families of affected by Hurricane Harvey

 

These metro business have also joined the cause and are accepting donations at the locations listed below:

180v Barber Salon

1805 vine st Kansas City MO, 64108

Tues-Sat 9am-7pm

 

4th Down Grill

6607 Parallel Pkwy Kansas city KS 66106

Tues-Sat 9am-7pm

 

The Powder Room Makeup & skincare studio

8600 w 95th street suite 104-5

Overland Park Ks

Mon-Sat 2:30-6pm

 

Let’s stand together and show our support from afar by helping those in need.

From iFamily to Yours,

 


Raising Children Who Volunteer

I have always felt that volunteering with my children is important. With a new baby it has become more difficult. However, normally my husband and I take turns volunteering with the kids and the other staying home with the baby. This time it was my husband’s turn. He took my oldest with him to Nowlin Middle School in the Independence School District and they volunteered for Project Shine 2013 this past Sat.  It gave him quality time with her and it always taught her how to contribute to society, help the community, and how good hard working people can make a difference.

“Volunteering with children is a great way to help them learn about giving back. Children learn valuable skills while “on the job.” Homeschooled students, who may have more time available for volunteering, could also enjoy the additional socialization opportunities presented through volunteering. Another benefit of volunteering is children learn about the concerns of the organization and what need it fills in the community. Consequently, the children also have an opportunity to remember what they have to be thankful for.

Work Together

It’s important to work side-by-side with your child, since leading by example has been shown to be the most effective form of teaching. Children who see their parents volunteering are much more likely to believe in the value of working to help others.

Naturally, working side-by-side with your child will allow you to assist him/her when necessary, ensuring the child’s presence is a help, not a hindrance to the organization’s staff and other volunteers.

An additional benefit of working with your child as a volunteer is the bonding that occurs when people work together as a team. Also, when people are focused on a task, it sometimes fosters deep conversations that may not have occurred with more direct eye contact.” (Palmatier, Kelly. Retrieved on 7/16/2013 from http://www.compassionatekids.com/volunteering.shtml.)

Our next adventure together will be at the Harvesters. I want the kids to see how much Harvesters helps our community with their Backsnack Program. Therefore, we will be helping to pack the Backsnack bags and learning a lot doing it.

Below are some links to just a few of the volunteer opportunities in the Kansas City area:

American Red Cross, Greater Kansas City Chapter
211 W. Armour Blvd., Kansas City
(816) 931-8400 or http://www.kcredcross.org/
Help in a variety of programs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters program. You can make a difference for a kid.
Call Scott at 816-561-5269 if interested in more details or filling out a BIG application.

Christmas In October
info@christmasinoctober.org
816-531-6443
P.O.box 32108
K.C.Mo 64171
One Saturday volunteering with a crew can drastically improve the quality of life for some inner city folks on a fixed income. Be a part of this 25 yr tradition by showing up & having fun helping our own citizens.
Community Services League
300 W. Maple, Independence
http://www.communityserv.org/
Opportunities include sorting clothes and inputting data. Time commitment varies.

Habitat for Humanity Kansas City
1423 E. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City
Kate Fields: (816) 924-1096 or http://www.habitatkc.org/
Serve as construction volunteers; type of work varies. Workday is 8pm-4:30pm

Harvesters
3801 Topping, Kansas City
(816) 929-3000 or http://www.harvesters.org/
Sort food and assist at special events. (Contact: Paula Pratt, volunteer services manager.)

HELP Humane
511 Main Street, Belton, MO 64012
Must love animals! Dog walking, litter box scooping, filling food/water bowls, cleaning, laundry, and playing with the shelter animals.
Must attend orientation before volunteering. These are held on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Please call in advance to be put on the orientation calendar.
816-318-4357; diana@helphumane.org or shannon@helphumane.org
http://www.helphumane.org/