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Share the Warmth Brings Support for People in Need

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12/7/2017 2:27:42 PM

During November, MKC locations collected warm coats, hats and gloves to be given to local communities during the 2017 Share the Warmth campaign. The clothing drive helped provide clothing items to those who may otherwise go without.Coat-Drive-Moundridge-6.jpg

Efforts by Inman Ampride, McPherson Energy, Moundridge, Lindsborg, Manhattan, Groveland, Canton Terminal, Sumner County Terminal, Castleton and Haven collected a total of 264 items. These collections included coats, gloves, hats, scarves and socks. Items collected were donated to Angels Attic in Moundridge, the Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Mt. Hope Sanctuary in McPherson and to the Ministerial Alliance in Inman.

“Collecting coats and other warm items is something I never really knew about before I came to MKC. You hear a lot about canned food drives, or bake sales, and the Angel Tree, but no one ever really thinks about sharing coats and helping keep people warm in the winter,” Brice Clark, grain quality specialist said. “I feel it brings some happiness to those in need in our community. Some people may be a little hesitant but in the end, if they need help, they will seek it out.”

Several volunteers on the committee delivered the donations items to shelters during the first few cold weeks of November. MKC never knows exactly how the campaign affects people after the donations are made, but knowing the donations could make someone’s day is what they value the most. The campaign is there to support the community members in need.

“The Moundridge office delivered the donations to Angels Attic at the end of the cold week we had at the beginning of November,” said Sarah Unruh, staff accountant. "The shelter was very appreciative of the items we brought and thanked us many times for our generosity towards the community. The big thing I take away from being able to be a part of this campaign is that every little item does matter. Even if it is the tiniest of thing.”

The committee thanks everyone for their continuous support through the campaign and they look forward to next year.