Mission Christmas gets 18,000 presents in hands of needy - KCTV5

Mission Christmas gets 18,000 presents in hands of needy

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

More than 18,000 wrapped presents headed out with Santa and his elves thanks to incredible volunteers.

Mission Christmas is City Union Mission's initiative to provide Christmas cheer to the less fortunate. More than 3,300 people will benefit from Mission Christmas.

"God doesn't ask us to do it all. He just asks that we do what we can," said Dennis Chapman, director of development for the mission. "If we take care of each other and really reach out and do what we can, then we can make Christmas a lot more memorable for everybody."

Families benefiting from others' generosity said they were very appreciative for the blessing, saying it will help tremendously.

The Bodenmiller family of Olathe volunteered for the third year to help out the less fortunate. This year they delivered Christmas presents for City Union Mission.

"We wanted to do something as a family to give back to the community and this is the best way to do it," Sally Bodenmiller said. "We've done the bell ringing before. This was a good thing for us to do."

She said it's a positive experience for her children that they will share with their friends.

"It's very humbling. My kids are asking for lots of things for Christmas and these kids just want socks, maybe a toy or two. And we're able to deliver that to them," she said.

For more information on City Union Mission, click here.

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