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Northland teens reach out to hospitalized kids

Caleb Wolf (left) and Raegan Weber started the Stuff the Bus gift campaign with the help of their families five years ago. Gifts are donated to children hospitalized at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
Caleb Wolf (left) and Raegan Weber started the Stuff the Bus gift campaign with the help of their families five years ago. Gifts are donated to children hospitalized at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Photo provided

Stuff the Bus for kids

The public is invited to Stuff the Bus with gifts for hospitalized children Saturday at the Liberty Target, 9220 N.E. Barry Road, Kansas City, North.

This is the fifth annual Stuff the Bus, spearheaded by two Northland teens who know personally what it’s like to spend a Christmas — and other holidays — as patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Caleb Wolf, 16, Raegan Weber 13, and others, will accept donations at their Henson’s Heroes bus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“Anytime that we’re able to make the holidays special for the kids that are in the hospital at Children’s Mercy during the holidays it’s worthwhile,” said Stephanie Weber, Raegan’s mother.

“There is no feeling greater than being able to make someone happy or bring a blessing during the holidays and especially a child.”

The wish list includes books, Legos, Fisher Price Little People, infant toys with lights or music, infant rattles, headphones/ear buds, scarves, journals, nail polish/lip gloss, purses/wallets, watches, clothing, sleepers, sweat pants, fleece throws. Other items are welcome.

Gifts of toy guns, swords, bows/arrows or toy knives are discouraged.

The donations go to hospitalized children as well as to the Snowflake Shop at Children’s Mercy which is a place for parents to shop free while their child is hospitalized.

To date the Henson’s Heroes Stuff the Bus campaign has brought in over $125,000 worth gifts for Children’s Mercy patients, patient families, and staff.

“We’re going to have two large buses there this year,” Weber said. “We’ve actually got several other foundations from the hospital who also do fundraising for the kids and we’ve all joined hands together to do that this year. That’s exciting as well.”

For more information call 816-204-5945. To donate go to www.hensons-heroes.com.

Platte Extension Council

The Platte County University of Missouri Extension is looking for volunteers interested in serving on the Extension Council.

Council members help shape local Extension programming, implement activities, evaluate program success, make recommendations and manage finances.

The Extension Council meets on the first Monday of each month at the Platte County Resource Center. Council members serve for two years.

Interested Platte Countians should call 816-270-2141.

For Extension information go to extension.missouri.edu/platte.

Caregiver Support Meeting

The link between cognitive decline and hearing loss will be the subject of a Caregiver Support Meeting at 11 a.m., Dec. 21 at the Northland Shepherd’s Center.

According to audiologist Larry Brethower, who will address the group, adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than adults whose hearing is normal.

Lunch will follow the presentation. To RSVP, call 816-452-4536 or email dianna@northlandsc.org.

The Northland Shepherd’s Center is at 4805 N.E. Antioch Road, Kansas City, North.

SAFE coalition elects officers

The Substance Abuse Free Environments in Excelsior Springs has elected new officers for 2017. The coalition is part of the Northland Coalition and supported by the prevention department of Tri-County Mental Health Services.

“Our mission is to help prevent youth substance abuse in the Excelsior Springs area and right now we just got a Drug-Free Community Grant. The grant is going to focus on reducing marijuana, nicotine and alcohol use among youth in Excelsior Springs,” said Julia Mees, program director for Substance Abuse Free Environments.

SAFE welcomes anyone working or living in Excelsior Springs to join in the advocacy efforts. The next meeting is Jan. 5 at the Excelsior Springs Early Education center 113 W. Line St. A luncheon will be shared.

For information or to RSVP for the luncheon, contact Mees at 816-630-9200, ext. 1210, or safedfc@gmail.com.

Keystone Awards recognizes

The annual Keystone Awards Luncheon recognized more than $1 billion in investments and community improvements in Clay County which were substantially completed during 2016.

The annual event, held by the Clay County Economic Development Council, honored cities, schools, government entities and large and small businesses.

Four cities received Downtown Advancement Awards: Gladstone, Kearney, Liberty and North Kansas City.

The Economic Impact Award was given to iWerx, a North Kansas City entrepreneurial development center.

Ten projects were recognized for their economic and quality of life impact: Ford Motor Company expansion; Excelsior Springs Community Center; NewDawn Fiber, Excelsior Springs; Northland Innovation Campus, Gladstone; Hunt Midwest Business Center – Logistics 1, Kansas City; Knapheide Manufacturing, Kansas City; Community Auto, Lawson; Henry Wurst, North Kansas City; Creekwood Center, Smithville; and the Pleasant Valley Interchange, a Missouri Department of Transportation project.

Suggestions for the 2017 Keystone Awards can be emailed to info@clayedc.com.

Leave Santa letters at fire station

Children and their families can drop off letters for Santa at Gladstone Fire Station #2, 6569 N. Prospect Ave., Gladstone, through Sunday.

A special Santa Mailbox is set up at the station and children can expect to receive a personal reply from Santa if they include their mailing address.

“The purpose behind the program is to show how the fire department is more than just emergency services; we want to be a part of the community we serve,” said Fire Captain Mike Rogers in a press release.

Children who drop off their letters at the fire station will be able to ring the bell, check out the fire trucks, and receive a coloring page with fire safety tips.

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