Thanksgiving Day Freethought and Feast with KCAC

From: cole m.
Sent on: Monday, November 21, 2011 7:44 PM
Join the Kansas City Atheist Coalition this Thanksgiving as we launch our first interfaith philanthropic partnership! On a day when most Americans celebrate their good fortune and abundance, many families grapple with hunger and food insecurity.  KCAC is a proud partner with the Kansas City Rescue Mission in a new program to help address food insecurity in our community. 

Every night of the year, the KC Rescue Mission serves more than 60 home-cooked dinners to homeless people in Kansas City -- and every year for the past 20 years, the organization's nine-day, on-site Celebration of Thanks event has provided more than 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to those who face hunger, poverty and homelessness. This year, the KC Rescue Mission is reaching out past the capacity of its dining hall to deliver 500 Thanksgiving dinner to families and individuals who otherwise might not have a celebratory meal.  

To do this, the KC Rescue Mission needs help! While we may not be aligned on all our philosophical and theological perspectives, we certainly have a common interest in helping those in need. 

So, how can you get involved?

Come to the KC Rescue Mission, 1520 Cherry Street, at 9am, Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day.  The KC Rescue Mission will provide the meals, and KCAC will help provide the people power to deliver those meals to people's homes.  Don't fear driving alone -- we'll partner up at 930am, deliver hot meals, and meet back at the mission between 1 and 3 pm, leaving you plenty of time for a Thanksgiving celebration of your own.  

Other ways to help 
If you're unable to participate in delivering hot meals, the KC Rescue Mission also needs food donations of:  

Turkey, Hams
Stove top-type stuffing mix
Boxed instant potatoes 
Packaged gravy mix
Canned corn
Canned fruit
Canned cranberry sauce 
Canned yams or sweet potatoes 
Brown sugar
1-lb butter in tubs or sticks 
Cake mixes
Canned frosting
Bisquick
Brown and serve rolls 
Pumpkin and fruit pies, pre-baked
Mini-marshmallows
Jello 

KCAC will be accepting money and food donations for the KC Rescue Mission at the Skepticon Conference, Nov. 19 and 20 in Springfield, Mo.  So stop by our table, say "hi" and drop off a check or a food item.  If you can't make it to Skepticon, Amanda Brown, KCAC's Director of Philanthropy, is accepting donations on behalf of the KC Rescue Mission.  Give her a call at [masked] to coordinate a time and place for her to accept your donation.  You can also go to the KC Rescue Mission's website to donate money for food purchases.  All financial contributions are tax-deductible and will go directly to the KC Rescue Mission! 

Please get your entire family and network of friends involved.  The KC Rescue Mission will also be partnering with local churches for this effort, and we do not want KCAC to be underrepresented.  Let's show Kansas City that you can have Morals without Mythology! 

Click here to RSVP on Facebook.  We need a head count to give to KC Rescue Mission so they can plan accordingly.  Please do so by November 22 or call Amanda at the above number to discuss likelihood of attendance.  On November 23 all people who have RSVP-ed or said maybe will be emailed and asked for their cell phone numbers so we can contact you if anything changes before or during the event.  

Please read the message from KCAC's President, Sarah Hargraves if you are feeling uneasy about working with the KC Rescue Mission.  She explains why this organization is one that should be supported regardless of philosophical or theological differences.  We all want the same thing:  to help those in need.  These are people in our area who are in need and we should be the ones to provide it.  Let's make this holiday a little easier for these families.

Thank you in advance,
Kansas City Atheist Coalition (KCAC) 
Amanda Brown 
Director of Philanthropy 
[masked]
[address removed]

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