House + Home editor Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian experiments with dyeing Easter eggs first using shaving cream and gel food coloring, then Kool-Aid. One method turned out great. The other one? Not so much.
The Elves of Christmas Present surprised 13-year-old Hannah Viens of Kansas City, Kan., and her family by completing the renovation of their new home weeks before scheduled. Hannah learned that her brain cancer returned this summer. At her old home, Hannah shared a room with her sisters; now she has her own room. With the help of the more than 100 Elves, their pastor, who is also a contractor, got the home done on Christmas Eve.
Salvation Army Major David Harvey has returned to Kansas City to resume a family tradition in Christmas Day volunteering. With the help of 130 volunteers, Harvey is getting ready to feed 400 people locally and deliver about 600 meals to people elsewhere.
Olathe resident Paul Craig once again assembled more than 100 or so holiday inflatables to create Paulie’s Penguin Playground at 16617 Indian Creek Parkway in Olathe, Kansas. The free-to-the-public holiday decorations will be up and running day and night through Christmas Day. Craig also collects donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Almost ten years have passed since Larry Stewart passed away. Stewart was the original Secret Santa. On Wednesday, the new Secret Santa revisited some of Stewart's favorite places in Independence giving out $100 bills.
Neonatologist Robert Holcomb dressed as Santa on Tuesday and traveled to the neonatal intensive care unit at Overland Park Regional Medical Center for photos and to bring Christmas cheer to families with babies in the unit.
Bill Vaughan’s “A Story of Christmas” is one of the most cherished stories in The Kansas City Star archives and is reprinted every December. This year, we’re adding a new dimension to the story: an illustrated video storybook.
Dwight Robinett, 66, drives a cab covered with Christmas lights for Taxi Taxi of Raleigh, N.C. Robinett, a retired trombonist from the North Carolina Symphony who has driven for the company for about three years, hopes to make people happy with his colorful cab.
Maureen Jackson donated her husband’s leather jacket to Project Warmth in November. Jackson husband died 5 years ago, and she had a difficult time parting with his favorite leather jacket. In December 11-year-old Kenan Handson, received the donated leather jacket to help keep him warm during the winter months.
Dressed in his Santa pants, Gary Senner, 62, of Overland Park, who has long portrayed Santa Claus and Father Christmas, dashed into a QuikTrip at 77th and Metcalf Avenue, on Saturday to grab a quick cup of coffee. He left his keys in his van, which was not running, when a man sped off with the van and the rest of his Santa ensemble. Senner filed a police report and bummed a ride home. He is hoping some Christmas magic will bring his cherished handmade hat and coat back to him.
An American Airlines flight has special passengers when it left Kansas City International Airport. The Snowball Express carried 38 children, along with 20 family members, headed on a trip aimed at bringing joy to children of military members who were killed while on duty.