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Plenty of local opportunities for Giving Tuesday

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After a weekend of holiday shopping during Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, it’s time for what’s at the heart of the season: giving.

Giving Tuesday is a national campaign to encourage donations and volunteer opportunities with nonprofit organizations. Numerous Pettis County charities are in need of assistance. To have your organization’s information added to this list, email news@sedaliademocrat.com.

Cancer Perks

The annual virtual Christmas tree is back and Cancer Perks is adopting eight families instead of four this year. Also, the 12 needs of Christmas began the Monday before Thanksgiving. 

Anyone interested in donating or looking for more information can visit facebook.com/CancerPerks.

Open Door

Open Door is always hosting food drives through the giving season and its Thrift Shop is always open to take clothes and household items when individuals and families are cleaning out for new Christmas items. Volunteers are also needed at the kitchen, pantry and thrift shop through these busy months. Monetary donations can always be sent to 111 W. Sixth St., Sedalia, MO 65301.

Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee is looking for individuals or businesses that would like to sponsor a Whiteman Air Force Base airman’s holiday meal for $10. To sponsor a meal, contact the Sedalia Chamber at 660-826-2222. 

The Chamber is also looking for individually wrapped snacks, cards, or small flashlights to put in 150 stockings for the Security Forces airmen in the dorms.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is seeking donations this Giving Tuesday. All funds raised stay in Pettis County to provide Christmas for some 1,300 area children and emergency financial assistance throughout the following year. 

Donate by visiting one of the Red Kettle locations in person around town or donate online through the Virtual Kettle at salarmy.us/RedKettleSedalia.

Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri

The Boys & Girls Club is collecting donations for its Whatever It Takes Campaign, which raises funds for literally whatever it takes for Club members to succeed. Now through Dec. 31, all donations to Whatever It Takes will be matched, up to $10,000, thanks to Tyson. 

Boys & Girls Club provides afterschool programming for more than 1,000 members at 12 Club Sites in seven communities. Every day after school, children are given a healthy snack, dedicated time to finish homework and then engage in hands-on learning activities including STEM, arts, life skills, free and structured play, anti-drug and alcohol programs, cooking and more.

Pettis County Community Partnership

The Partnership needs plastic grocery bags, hangers of all sizes, hygiene items, blankets, coats, gloves, hats, and scarves for the Community Closet. PCCP also accepts donations all through the year of clothing, household items, etc. All items are available to the community at no cost to them. 

For more information, call 660-827-0560 or visit www.pettiscountycommunitypartnership.com.

CASA

Citizens Against Spouse Abuse is taking a different approach this Giving Tuesday as the staff is inviting CASA supporters to join CASA in its mission. CASA will give empowerment necklaces to every individual who makes a $10 donation through the CASA Facebook page on Giving Tuesday. The necklace is meant to remind the individual wearing it that they are loved, strong, beautiful, and valuable. The idea is to incorporate the spirit of giving by giving the gift of empowerment to those who contribute to CASA’s mission. The donor can also give this necklace to a friend, loved one, or elect to have CASA gift their necklace to a domestic or sexual abuse survivor.

At this time of year, CASA is also in need of:

• OTC medicine: adult and children’s cold/flu, cough, allergy, vitamins, etc.

• Shelter supplies: paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.

• Childcare support: clients currently need the support of interns and volunteers age 16 and older to provide childcare in the evenings. 

For more information, visit casa-sedalia.org or visit the CASA Facebook page.

Sedalia School District Foundation

The foundation's mission is to provide financial resources to stimulate learning opportunities for students in the Sedalia School District 200. The Foundation offers a wide variety of services, including Mini Grants to classroom teachers for additional funding of innovative projects, scholarships to Smith-Cotton High School juniors and seniors taking Dual Credit classes at State Fair Community College, and an expanding program of scholarships available to seniors at Smith-Cotton and Whittier high schools pursuing a degree at a university or college or training at a trade and technical school.

The 2022 foundation scholarship application will be released on Dec. 1.

The foundation also provides an opportunity for graduates and supporters of Smith-Cotton to leave their mark through the purchase of black granite benches, plaques in the gymnasium and performing arts center, handmade ceramic leaves in the student commons, and brick pavers that form the Memory Lane patio at the entrance of the high school. 

For more information, visit sedaliasdf.org, call 660-829-2562 or email schfound@sedaliasdf.org.

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