Danny Boi from The Buzz heard about the trouble the Palestine Neighborhood Center was having getting donations and took to the airwaves.
Val Brooks is someone whose family benefited from Wednesday's donations. She broke down in tears as she thanked everyone for their kindness.
The demand for food is very high this time of year and the Palestine Neighborhood Center at 35th and Indiana ran out of food and had to start turning families away. But they got a major helping hand Wednesday.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
The generosity of viewers was made clear Wednesday after they stepped in to help out a food pantry that ran out of food to give to those in need.
Since KCTV5 aired the story of the Palestine Neighborhood Center's plight Tuesday evening, the response has been overwhelming. Tables that once sat empty at their 35th Street and Indiana Avenue food pantry are now filled with fruit, pumpkin pies, canned goods and turkeys. Volunteers say they can't thank everyone enough for all the generosity.
"Oh yes! Kansas City has a big heart! I can amen to that," said Tom Bibbs, the president of the Palestine Neighborhood Corporation. "It's just unbelievable. But it goes to show you where people's hearts are. It makes a difference."
Bibbs said the day before they had plenty of volunteers ready and space to store food but, sadly, they had nothing to give out this year because donations had simply stopped coming in.
One local radio DJ, Danny Boi from 96.5 FM The Buzz, heard about the plea for help and hit the airwaves.
"What we can do is come together. You and me and put some bread in the bellies of some kids this weekend," Danny Boi was heard saying on the radio. "And I saw the story on KCTV5 about the Palestine Neighborhood Center being out of food. One of the lines that stuck with me is the gentlemen saying, ‘we have families come in here for bread for the children and we have to say no.' And it hit me right in the gut."
It also hit the hearts of many others, like Latisha Harris, who dropped off several turkeys.
"It always feels good to just give back," she said.
One of the families getting help was Val Brooks. She broke down in tears, saying she is homeless right now and how much the food means to her family.
"God is good. Thank you all for the blessing. I am having a hard time right now. I didn't have a place to stay and my girlfriend welcomed me into her home and we wanted to do something for me and my son. Thank you," Brooks said as tears streamed down her cheeks.
Bibs says showing someone you care is the true meaning of this holiday.
"So this has changed the whole face in 24 hours or less, the picture that we faced. And we appreciate all of you. We thank you community of Kansas City," he said.
The Palestine Neighborhood Center was so happy with the outcome of Wednesday's support that they said they want to see a repeat for Christmas.
Monetary donations can also be dropped off at their center: 3449 Indiana Ave., Kansas City, MO 64128.
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