Places to Volunteer with Your Family During the Holidays in Kansas City

KVC Holiday Heroes Program

KVC’s Holiday Heroes Program is a way for individuals, families and businesses to work together to make the holidays brighter for children and teens involved in the child welfare system. As a Holiday Hero, you are making a commitment to give them the gifts they have their hearts set on. Our team is collecting presents, gift cards and monetary donations to make sure children who are in foster care, have safely reunited with their family or have been adopted have a happy holiday. Sign up online.

Metro Lutheran Ministries Christmas Store

The MLM Christmas Store, held December 5-11, 2021, is one of the largest gift-giving programs in the Greater Kansas City area.  The store provides over 1,000 families with a joyful and dignified Christmas experience. This year due to Covid-19 families will not be allowed to shop, families will provide a wish list and items will be picked for them by volunteers. Each family member should expect a coat, clothing, and a gift. Each household should expect a small kitchen appliance, blanket or quilt, a gift card to help purchase their meal, cookies, and a Bible or devotional. Sign up to volunteer here.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing 

In most locations across the Midwest, the easiest way to help from early November through Christmas Eve is to ring a bell at one of our iconic red kettles. Volunteer bell ringers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises the funds that sustain the help we give all year long. The Salvation Army relies on money raised in red kettles to serve more than 25 million people in need each year. Find a shift here.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House keeps families close to their sick children while they get the care and supportive services they need. On any given night, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (RMHC-KC) serves 87 families. During COVID, you can a send a meal to the families. Bridge the gap by providing individually packaged meals from a local restaurant. Find out more here.

Children’s Mercy Virtual Toy Drive

The holidays are coming and this season the need for toys and gifts for kids at Children’s Mercy is greater than ever. You can help by hosting a virtual toy drive from home. Your gift helps provide items that offer needed relief and improved care to our patients and families such as toys, games, clothing, and arts and crafts.


Scraps KC is a place to let go of your unwanted materials, inspire creativity and a refuge for the homeless from the streets. Donated items are used for programs and workshops, or are sold for pennies on the dollar and used by artists, teachers, children and other creative-minded individuals for creative and educational purposes. Sale proceeds provide meals, dignity, and survival items for the homeless and helpless throughout the metro area.

They accept donations of clean and usable art and craft supplies, school and office supplies, fabric and notions, and miscellaneous creative materials . We greatly appreciate if you organize your materials in advance. For example: fabric folded, small items bagged, similar items grouped together. Check their site for currently accepted items.

Sleepyhead Beds

Sleepyhead Beds improves the quality of life for children and their families by providing clean, reusable beds and bedding. And we contribute to the health and environment of our community by sanitizing beds and keeping them out of landfills. By donating your time to Sleepyhead Beds you will help children get the beds they deserve.Distribution days are held once or twice a month, where we distribute 150-200 beds to Kansas City kids and their families. Learn more.

Catholic Charities

Volunteers serve in a number of ways, hosting food drives to help feed hungry families, selling donated items with our ebay store team, organizing the clothing at TurnStyles, and so much more! You can handout fliers during a Hy-Vee Food Drive, work a mobile food distribution, or work in a thrift store. Find requirements here.

Foster Adopt Connect

FosterAdopt Connect’s mission is to provide foster and adoptive children a stable, loving and nurturing family environment by support and advocacy for abused and neglected children and the families caring for them. Sign up to bring joy to a child during the holidays.

Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!


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