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Drop the drumstick; lend a helping hand

Allison Retka//November 25, 2009

Drop the drumstick; lend a helping hand

Allison Retka//November 25, 2009

If your Thanksgiving dinner leaves you full but not fulfilled, here are some organizations that are looking for volunteers during the holiday season.

Kansas City

Healthy Families Counseling & Support

Purpose: Child abuse and neglect prevention

Volunteers needed for: A Dec. 18 holiday party, where volunteers can lead craft stations and play with children while their parents enjoy a holiday meal; sorting and stacking brand-new clothing donated by Stein Mart; two open positions on the organization’s board of directors are open and the group is looking for applicants.

Contact: Carolyn Rockhold, 816-508-1619

Della Lamb Community Services

Purpose: Adult/childhood education, child care, emergency social services for low-income residents

Volunteers needed for: Operation Santa Claus, a four-day event – Dec. 11-15 -where low-income families can stop by for groceries and gifts. Volunteers especially needed for Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Contact: Phyllis Stevens, 816-842-8040

St. Louis

Northside Community Center

Purpose: Education, counseling, health services and Meals-on-Wheels for needy North Side residents

Volunteers needed for: Meals-on-Wheels, which delivers 450 meals each day; a monthly food bank event on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Contact: Jeri Kibby-Williams, 314-652-9946


Salvation Army of Springfield

Purpose: Provide for physical/spiritual needs of individuals

Volunteers needed for: Bell-ringing; distribution of food baskets on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Three shifts available: 8:30 a.m. to noon; 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. to 6 pm. Lunch will be served to volunteers.

Contact: Shirley McDonald, 417-862-5509

The Kitchen

Purpose: Housing, food, counseling, clothing, education for the poor and homeless

Volunteers needed for: Serving free lunches and dinners during the work week. Five volunteers needed for each shift. Lunch shift: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dinner shift: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Contact: Sarah McCullem, 417-837-1590

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