Shop With A Deputy
Platte County Sheriff’s Office is looking for donors to fund its annual Shop With a Deputy program.
This is the 22nd annual Shop With a Deputy which has assisted 636 children over the years. This year’s program will allow 30 children and their families to team up with officers and other department employees to purchase clothing, toys and small gifts for the children and their families.
“It’s quite easily the most rewarding experience for our staff members to see the expression on a child’s face when they receive something as simple as clothing or underwear,” said Sgt. Jeffrey L. Shanks, who has volunteered for the program every year.
The Sheriff’s Office teams up with the Boardwalk Wal-Mart, which turns over its break room for the Shop With a Deputy event. Each child is allowed to spend $200. Of that, at least $140 must be spent on clothing and the remainder can be spent on toys, small gifts for family members or more clothing.
“With the prosperity in Platte County, who would think there would be underprivileged children living in our county?” said Sheriff Mark Owen, in a press release. “This is a meaningful and wonderful program to take part in. For many of the children, this is the only Christmas they will have.”
Families are referred through service agencies, Shanks said, adding that they identify families that have need and are in Platte County.
The program is funded by donations from individuals, businesses, organizations and from the pockets of deputies and department employees.
“We’ve never not made it happen,” Shanks said.
Donors are invited to bring donations to the sheriff’s office weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The program has a nonprofit status, so donors can get a tax receipt.
The sheriff’s office adjoins the Platte County Courthouse at 415 Third St., Suite 10, Platte City.
North Star holiday concert
The North Star Community Band has scheduled its holiday concert for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Oak Park High School auditorium, 825 N.E. 79th Terrace Gladstone.
The free concert will include “Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson and “Christmas Carols II” by John Rutter. Guest conductor Andrew Yates will conduct his arrangement of “O Tannenbaum.”
“Music is a gift that is meant to be shared. This festive concert exemplifies the spirit of Christmas giving through music,” said band director Faye Rader. “It is our gift to everyone at Christmas.”
While the concert is free, concert-goers are invited to bring items to donate for the Grand Avenue Temple’s community outreach program. Items requested include men’s underwear, sock, hats, gloves, coffee and feminine products.
For information, contact Rader at 816-674-5120.
Parkville is StormReady
The city of Parkville has been recognized as a StormReady community by the National Weather Service.
According to Captain Jon Jordan, Parkville emergency management director, StormReady applicants address three questions: How do we quickly notify the public during severe weather? What do we do when the primary systems fail? How do we educate the public?
The process helps the city to “Better serve the citizens in times of serve severe weather,” Jordan said.
Chief of Police Kevin L. Chrisman and Jordan decided to go for the certification about five months ago, following the lead of the Platte County Sheriff’s office.
“Compliments to Platte County Sheriff Mark Owen and his emergency management staff for promoting us to participate in this process of storm-readying certification,” Jordan said.
Resources available through the service, such as event monitoring, helped Jordan and his staff during the extreme weather that arose during Parkville Days in August.
Jordan was in direct communication with National Weather Service forecasters throughout the day and was able to have the resources ready for the storm that hit late in the afternoon.
“We had the crowd cleared and the stage cleared almost eight minutes before the storm hit,” he said. “When the front hit, everything was under control.”
Non-profits aid assault victims
The Assault Survivor Kit program sponsored by Assistance League of Kansas City received a generous contribution from Thrive Pilates in October.
Thrive donated ticket sales from Pilates classes to purchase 40 sets of high quality underwear from Make a Difference Intimates Apparel. The underwear was then donated to the Assistance League program for the survivor kits. Make a Difference Intimates Apparel has a matching donation program with the Assistance League and other agencies that assist victims of assault.
Assault Survivor Kits include new clothing and underwear, hygiene items and the book “Recovering from Rape,” for women who have been sexually assaulted or are the victims of domestic abuse.
Members of the League assemble the kits and give them to Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, which delivers them to the area hospitals and those working with assault victims.
“The women who receive the kits are very touched. This isn’t your average underwear; it is very nice underwear. It helps them feel they weren’t an afterthought. There’s care and concern that goes into this,” said Karen Mollohan, public relations chairwoman for the Assistance League.
For information or to make a donation go to alkc.org.
RideKC free to MCC students
Metropolitan Community College students are taking RideKC buses to school or anywhere else thanks to the free U-Pass for students.
The U-Pass started in August and recent figures show that MCC students across the five campuses are taking 6,000 rides a week, or 1,000 a day.
“It has been a success. It has been doing so well that the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority started new routes up in the Northland,” said Christina Medina, spokeswoman for MCC. “They’ve added five new bus routes in the evening up there at Maple Woods. They are free for any full-time student enrolled.”
The U-Pass is incorporated into the student ID for students at MCC campuses, UMKC, and the Kansas City Art Institute. Students just swipe their ID card to ride.
For information go to ridekc.org/fares/u-pass.
Health Department continues WIC
Clay County Public Health Center has renewed its contract to provide WIC (Women, Infants and Children) services during 2017. The program is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The Health Center will be able to serve 2,050 eligible women, infants and children each month through the program.
WIC is available to low and middle-income families who meet federal financial guidelines and have nutritional risk factors. WIC vouchers can be used for milk, cheese, eggs, fruit juice and cereal which can be redeemed at authorized stores.
The Clay County WIC office is open weekdays at the Health Center, 800 Haines Drive, Liberty. Two extension clinics are held monthly: on the second Tuesday at Excelsior Springs Baptist Church, 1500 Rosalea St., Excelsior Springs; and on the third Tuesday at Bethel United Church of Christ, 4900 N.E. Parvin Road, Kansas City, North.
WIC services are by appointment only. Call 816-595-4358 for appointments or information.