Southeast Kansas organizations work to make sure families have a Christmas


Hundreds of families in Southeast Kansas will have a Christmas thanks to a host of organizations that have joined forces.

“I’m really grateful for this, and I’m pretty sure everyone else is too,” says Beverly Richardson.

Beverly Richardson picked up food, presents and even some clothes for her grandchildren on the Pitt State campus. One of over 500 families throughout Crawford Country that will benefit from the annual Christmas distribution held each year inside the Kansas National Guard Armory.

At one time both Wesley House and the Salvation Army had their own Christmas events, but about 15 years ago they decided it made more sense to join forces.

“If you have children in the home you will receive toys for your children, you will receive food, toiletries and toothbrush and toothpaste. If you are a person with no children in the home, you will receive a blanket, you will also receive toiletries, a food box, toothbrush and toothpaste,” says Marcee Binder, Executive Director, Wesley House.

“So on the toy side we will end up moving about 10 items because each child  will get about ten things,” says Frances Mitchelson, Pittsburg Salvation Army Christmas Toy Coordinator.

PSU Sophomore Ana Leyva is in her second year as a volunteer for the event.

“I’ve done it in the past and I think it’s really good you know to help people out whenever you can and I’m bilingual so there’s a need for that here and if I can do it, why not do it,” says Ana Leyva.

“We obviously have a good community; look how many toys there are for the kids, look how many toys and stuff are there for the kids. Props to the community for doing this,” says Beverly Richardson.

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