Kansas City

Kansas City charity, or in one case, the lack thereof

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The Kansas City Rescue Mission denied a request to help deliver Thanksgiving meals to the homeless by the Kansas City Atheist Coalition, saying that they wouldn’t be sending the right religious message to the people they help.

Despite gradually shrinking revenue, Hallmark Cards, Inc., which is headquartered in Kansas City, still manages to donate a huge amount to Kansas City charities. The Hall Family Foundation will give $38 million to the KC area by the end of this year.

A Kansas City man diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease was nominated for a national honor from NASCAR for more than 30 years of volunteer work. Don Post coordinates more than 400 volunteers for KC’s March for Babies and Bikers for Babies charity events.

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Staying fit for charity

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Last week, A.J. Mooney, an employee at the VA hospitals in Leavenworth and Topeka, ran the 62 miles between the two hospitals in an effort to raise money for charities. Why run a marathon when you can run an ultramarathon?

Boxing for a cause. The annual Kansas City Guns ‘N Hoses boxing competition was on Nov. 2, 2013. Firefighters, police officers and ordinary civilians boxed to raise money for the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment.

Big names doing big things

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It’s pumpkin season! Mayors from nine Missouri towns near Kansas City participated in the “Pumpkin Playoffs” last week to raise money for their preferred charities.

KU head football coach Charlie Weis has more than just football on his resume. He and his wife, Maura, founded Hannah and Friends, a nonprofit that offers residential housing and services for people with special needs. Their daughter Hannah moved into the facilities over the summer.

On a serious note, Dianne Ensminger of Ballard Community Services will resign at the beginning of November after serving as CEO for 15 years. Ensminger was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. Her shoes at BCS will be hard to fill.