Local charity Care of Poor People says it's in a bind. People are donating cash and supplies to help the millions of people in the Northeast that were harmed and displaced by freak storm Sandy. That's great! Unfortunately for the local needy, Care of Poor People sent out a press release today stating, "Thousands of dollars of winter clothing and hygiene supplies scheduled to go to the poor and homeless of Kansas City have been diverted to the hurricane ravished Northeast." That's not so great.
The charity is asking everybody to chip in to bridge the gap. "We are still in need of new and used winter type clothing for men, women, and children, especially; long johns, hats, gloves, socks, and personal care items such as shampoo, soap, razors, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes. However, we are accepting donations of all types of winter clothing," the press release says. They're also seeking clothing for women and children, as well as shoes. You can make a cash donation through PayPal on their site.
Care of Poor People is also holding its potluck and clothing-distribution dinner, Winter Survival Event 2012, on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Midland Metals Building (1219 Lydia, in Kansas City, Missouri). They ask for volunteers to bring cooked food - hot dogs, ham, chili, baked beans, casseroles, pies, cakes, cookies, etc. Or, they say, "If there is a special item that you make, we have a place for it." Food can be warmed up on-site, and they ask that all dishes be brought in disposable containers.
See their website for more information.