The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri: women building better communities.
By: Alise Kowalski, 2013-14 PR/Marketing Chair
The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri kicked off its annual glove drive on September 1 at League headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. The League will collect donations of gender neutral, child sized knit gloves, as well as monetary donations, at the September League Membership meeting and at its Headquarters located at 9215 Ward Parkway in KCMO from September 1 through October 18th. All community members are welcome to participate in the glove drive to ensure the littlest hands in the Kansas City community stay warm this winter.
This is the League’s fourth annual glove drive and was developed by 2010-11 Healthy U Chairs, Jen Bennett and Jennifer Ray, to compliment the Healthy U program and keep children active outside during the cold winter months. The Healthy U program, the League’s signature impact area, includes several layers of programming focused on nutrition and undernourishment, healthy choices, eating on a budget and fitness to help build a healthier Kansas City.
One way the League is helping to fight food insecurity in Kansas City is by participating in the BackSnack program through Harvesters. Each week, we provide 150 University Academy students with a BackSnack backpack containing supplemental food items to last through the weekend when access to food may be limited. The donated gloves will be stuffed into the BackSnacks this fall to help increase opportunities for the children to remain physically active outside despite the cooler weather. The BackSnack committee is hoping to collect enough gloves to outfit the entire lower school with gloves this winter.
For more information, please contact Hannah Hartman-Frost, 816-509-7238, HannahHFrost@gmail.com.