Donate Toys For The Holidays
Blue Beetle is having a toy drive for the local Kansas City charity Operation Breakthrough. The toy donation is ongoing until December 12th. If you are interested in helping and donating, please stop by our Leawood location at 103rd and Stateline.
About Operation Breakthrough
For more than two decades, the staff at Operation Breakthrough, with much support from the community, has provided Christmas gifts and holiday meals to families in need in the central city.
In 2021, the Center helped around 837 families through the Adopt-A-Family program and with the help of generous adopters as well as those who provided extra toys for the Holiday Store, we were able to help over 3,000 children.
The children who receive Christmas aid all come from low-income families. Some are homeless. Many are in foster care because they have been abused or neglected in the past. Nearly all live in single-parent families, headed by working-poor women.
The children range in age from birth to age 15. Most are currently enrolled in day care at Operation Breakthrough, are “alumni” of the Center or are the siblings of enrolled children. The rest are children who live in the general neighborhood of the Center, whose families are known to the staff or they are referred for Christmas aid to Operation Breakthrough from other social service agencies.
It is our hope that donors will provide at least three new, unwrapped gifts for each child. (The Center appreciates donations of used clothing and toys at other times of the year, but those items are not given as Christmas gifts.) In most cases, the gifts donors give will be the only ones the children receive.