This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. - Psalms 118:24

Support Shelter KC This Holiday Season 

While you begin to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends, this season is a great time to reflect on our blessings and give back to those who are less fortunate. Our donors and supporters are the backbone of Shelter KC, especially during our busiest time of year. We've had so many blessings this year and will take that gratitude as we celebrate the end of 2022.

There are many opportunities to serve from now until the end of the year. Whether through your time and talents in volunteering or through physical or monetary donations, your contributions will assist the mission in providing meals, shelter, and care to our homeless neighbors in the Kansas City area through a food drive and special holiday events. Any amount of time and resources will be generously accepted.

God bless you!

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Bring the magic of the holidays to life by showcasing your talents at Shelter KC in a variety of ways. Select either individual or group opportunities below to learn more.

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Thanksgiving Food Drive

Our goal is to build complete, pre-made Family Feast boxes for families in need as well as provide food to serve at the mission during our busiest time of year. Gather a group of friends, family, coworkers, and school members to collect food items during a food drive or give a monetary donation. These delicious meal boxes will each feed a family of four.

Celebration of Thanks

November 19 - 26

This annual tradition features eight nights of special meals brought in and served by members of area churches to those staying at the mission. Limited volunteering slots are available for Wednesday, Nov. 23.

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Turkey Convoy

Thursday, Nov. 24

Shelter KC will provide more than 500 single-served meals to poverty-stricken families, the elderly, and members of the community without the ability to access resources. These Thanksgiving meals will be delivered to both individuals and families. Sign up to help this season with a donation of funds or assist with meal prep and delivery.

Christmas at the Crossroads

December 23
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Truman Event Center

This annual holiday celebration event lets Shelter KC share the hope of the birth of our Savior with the homeless community. This year's event is filled with booth activities, care packages, warm holiday meals, and more for a fun and festival event for people of all ages.

NEW THIS YEAR: We are partnering with Operation Care International in their OneDay Movement. Operation Care International meets the needs of the poor and shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ to transform lives. The OneDay Movement is a worldwide day of evangelism through providing clean feet, and a new pair of socks and shoes for everyone in attendance.

Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available for groups of all sizes. Are your family, friends, coworkers, and organization interested in serving the homeless community this Christmas? By participating in this event as a sponsor, your company or business will be included in our press release and on Shelter KC's social media channels. Contact Kara today to learn more about sponsorships!

This large event would not be possible without the help of many volunteers. Man our activity and game booths, serve meals, hand out blankets and care packages, provide clean socks and shoes - just to name a few. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information. Volunteer sign-ups for this event begin November 18.

Care Packages

During our Christmas at the Crossroads event, our goal is to hand out 600 care packages of basic necessity items to all those in attendance. 

Help us stock up on the following items: 

  • Chapstick
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Christmas cards

Items can be delivered to the Shelter KC Administration Office (1520 Cherry Street) between Monday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ways to Support

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Donate Funds

Monetary donations can be accepted online to purchase food, care package items and support our mission.

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Volunteer

Rejoice in holiday cheer and spread it to those that need it most. Gift your time and talents!

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Food Donations

Stock our pantry and provide items for our pre-made Family Feast meal boxes.