During the 2014-2015 school year there were 3,898 homeless school aged children in Shawnee Mission, Olathe, KCK, and KCMO school districts. Homeless liaisons for these districts are estimating there will be at least 2,200 more by the end of this school year.
TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS
Hands to Hearts began in the Spring of 2009 with the simple goal helping children in need. We began with a handful of volunteers packing backpacks of nutritious food for 150 inner-city children to take home from school on Fridays when there would otherwise be little or no food to nourish them over the weekends. The program grew quickly as we partnered with Harvesters BackSnack Program (www.harvesters.org) distributing 450 backpacks each week. Since our start up we have been blessed to expand our important mission:
We are currently serving 1380 students weekly in 19 schools in Kansas City, KS and Shawnee Mission, KS school districts. Harvesters is the largest feeding program in America. Thanks to all our volunteers, Hands to Hearts is the largest community partner with Harvesters in the metro, making us the largest community partner in America!
We operate an ongoing clothing drive and maintain in-school clothing closets as well as set up free clothing “stores” as needs dictate. In 2014, H2H delivered 1400 pairs of warm gloves, 650 winter hats and 600 tubes of lip balm to our community’s children in need. Each winter, we collect new hats, gloves, and chap stick to hand out to children.
BOOKMOBILE & BOOK DRIVE
Have new or gently used books you need to get rid of? We collect those too! We use our Bookmobile to distribute books to approximately 700 children a month and also distribute books directly to school libraries.