Graphic: Ghetto Sara Lee with a pink Santa hat on

The giving season is here

The holiday season has arrived! Our favorite carols are already playing on the radio. Christmas trees and Santas and snowmen line the aisles of the all of the stores.

Do something different this year. Don’t throw your money away on presents.  Put your money to good.

I am asking that in lieu of gifts, you will consider making a donation, either on my behalf or for those you were going to buy gifts, to these amazing organizations that work to make lives better for people and creatures here in Kansas City.  Most of the stuff we buy ends up in landfills anyway.


Logo: Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City

The Fuller Center for Housing builds and renovates houses in partnership with families in need. Homeowners work hand-in-hand with volunteers to build or renovate their homes, which they then pay for on terms they can afford, with no interest charged or profit made.

Logo: Midwest Innocence Project

MIP advocates for and obtain the exoneration and release of wrongfully convicted people within our five-state region.

Logo: GYRL (Giving Yourself Real Love) 

GYRL’s mission is to provide a place where women, girls from all over the Greater Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas area come together to build a better place socially, educationally, economically, politically with spirituality.

Logo: Harvesters

Harvesters is Kansas City’s food bank. In the 26 counties Harvesters serves, they feed more than 141,000 people every month. In addition to feeding the hungry, they are also working to find long-term solutions to hunger by providing education, awareness and advocacy throughout northeastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri.
Logo: Missouri Health Care for All

Missouri Health Care for All believes every Missourian deserves access to quality, affordable health care, no matter where they live or how much money they make. They are working to close the Coverage Gap which is leaving 300,000 uninsured Missourians out in the cold.  Expanding Medicaid would close this coverage gap, cover 300,000 uninsured Missourians, most of whom are working or in school.

Logo: Missouri Budget Project

The Missouri Budget Project is a nonprofit, objective, public policy analysis organization that provides independent research on complex state policy issues and how they impact all Missourians. The Missouri Budget Project works to enhance the ability of all Missourians to participate in the public debate and ensure that advocates, policy makers and the public have the information needed to create sound fiscal policies.

Logo: Connecting for Good

Connecting for Good been bridging the Digital Divide since 2011 with wireless mesh networks, community technology centers, low cost refurbished PCs and free digital life skills classes. They just opened a new center in my neighborhood!

Logo: ArtsTech KC

ArtsTech’s operates a center for youth development that uses art and technology to offer alternative education, hands-on training in fine arts and digital literacy as well as building and managing public/private collaborative partnerships.

Logo: Urban Ranger Corps

Urban Ranger Corps helps the young men of Kansas City’s urban core graduate from high school, develop their personal career paths and thrive as students, employees and citizens.  And they do electronics recycling and paper shredding!

Logo: Chain of Hope

Chain of Hope rescues, rehabilitates, re-homes or transfers homeless or unwanted pets and provide public education on the proper care and treatment of animals and give shelter animals much needed love and attention. I am especially attached to them because they helped me spay and neuter my pit bulls.

Logo: Spay & Neuter Kansas City

Spay and Neuter Kansas City (SNKC) works to provide affordable spay and neuter services and owner education to help decrease pet overpopulation in the Kansas City area. I am especially attached to them because they helped me spay and neuter my kitties!

 Logo: KC Pet Project

Kansas City Pet Project is the largest no kill animal shelter in Kansas City, MO. They care for nearly 10,000 pets a year and find homes or other placement for over 90% of the pets who come to our shelter.