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Shelter KC in urgent need of donations to help homeless community through summer


In the extreme heat, it can be dangerous to be outside for too long. A Kansas City shelter is making sure the homeless community has a safe place to go 24 hours a day, but they urgently need community support. Shelter KC is hoping to fill 500 bags with essentials like water, snacks and sunscreen, but so far they barely have enough to fill a laundry basket. They’re asking for donations as part of Project Beat the Heat.As temperatures hover around 100 degrees, Shelter KC offers a welcome respite. “They’re able to stay here, stay cool, stay hydrated, provide a couple meals for them during the day,” said David Phillips, Shelter KC’s guest services manager.During extreme heat, members of the homeless community can find relief at the shelter day and night. “We want to make sure that, just like in the winter, in the summer we’re not having folks with exasperated health concerns putting their lives at risk,” Phillips said. The shelter isn’t just helping those who come to their door. Project Beat the Heat is an outreach effort to also help those who choose to stay outside. “So, we’re passing out granola bars, Chapstick, deodorant, sunscreen and we have water bottles as well,” Phillips said. The shelter is expecting a rise in demand with the COVID-19 eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of June. With limited supplies, they need the community’s help. “We’re expecting more folks to be coming in, especially with the hottest time of the year, Phillips said. “I think of all the folks that are on the street that are looking for assistance that we can’t provide unless Kansas City does step in and donate.” You can drop off donations at the shelter at 1520 Cherry St. They’re open 24/7 and will accept donations at any time. You can also donate items from Shelter KC’s Amazon Wish List here or make a financial donation online here.

In the extreme heat, it can be dangerous to be outside for too long. A Kansas City shelter is making sure the homeless community has a safe place to go 24 hours a day, but they urgently need community support.

Shelter KC is hoping to fill 500 bags with essentials like water, snacks and sunscreen, but so far they barely have enough to fill a laundry basket. They’re asking for donations as part of Project Beat the Heat.

As temperatures hover around 100 degrees, Shelter KC offers a welcome respite.

“They’re able to stay here, stay cool, stay hydrated, provide a couple meals for them during the day,” said David Phillips, Shelter KC’s guest services manager.

During extreme heat, members of the homeless community can find relief at the shelter day and night.

“We want to make sure that, just like in the winter, in the summer we’re not having folks with exasperated health concerns putting their lives at risk,” Phillips said.

The shelter isn’t just helping those who come to their door. Project Beat the Heat is an outreach effort to also help those who choose to stay outside.

“So, we’re passing out granola bars, Chapstick, deodorant, sunscreen and we have water bottles as well,” Phillips said.

The shelter is expecting a rise in demand with the COVID-19 eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of June. With limited supplies, they need the community’s help.

“We’re expecting more folks to be coming in, especially with the hottest time of the year, Phillips said. “I think of all the folks that are on the street that are looking for assistance that we can’t provide unless Kansas City does step in and donate.”

You can drop off donations at the shelter at 1520 Cherry St. They’re open 24/7 and will accept donations at any time. You can also donate items from Shelter KC’s Amazon Wish List here or make a financial donation online here.

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