Sign Up to Help with Christmas!
Annually, CSL provides more than 10,000 gifts to local children. In addition to brand new toys, we provide socks, underwear, other clothing, books, blankets, and puzzles. We also want every family to enjoy a great Christmas meal, so we provide 2,500 meal boxes to families that contain a turkey, ham, or chicken, along with potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, fruit, and dessert.

This is a huge, community-wide effort, and we need your help! We need your help so that we have at least 100 collections at churches, businesses, schools, neighborhoods, or civic organizations. For CSL to deliver 10,000 presents and 2,500 meal baskets on time, we need collections wrapped up and proceeds being delivered back to your local CSL office the first week of December.

To give you an example, our friends (and neighbors on the Independence Square) at the 1859 Jail Museum are offering free admission in exchange for a new toy donated to CSL. Collection drives can be fun and interactive, and are most effective when they are well-organized and promoted.

We are asking you to commit, today, as a Christmas Collection Partner , and show your support in making Christmas the most wonderful time of the year!

We know your greatest joy during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons is to find ways to support others. Please join us in being a 2019 Christmas Collection Partner by filling out this form.  We promise it will bring you and your company, church, neighborhood, family, school, or civic organization great joy!

Contact CSL's Special Events Assistant, Sharon Wingate, at (816) 491-2015 or via email at wingates@cslcares.org  for more information. Also, please make sure to follow us on Facebook to stay updated about all the ways we're supporting families this Christmas!

Do you know of a family that could use extra help this time of year? Encourage them to sign up to participate in one of our Christmas Stores! Information about our locations is available on our website.
CSL Hosting Luminous, presented by
Edward Jones, on November 9th at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Plaza!

Thanks to presenting sponsor, Edward Jones, and many generous businesses and supporters, CSL will again host its annual gala, Luminous, on November 9th.

This year's event is expected to draw more than 500 attendees, who get an in-depth look at how their support is making meaningful and lasting change in our neighbors' lives.

To learn more about this event, visit our Luminous website. If you're unable to attend, please consider making a gift to show your support for CSL's work!
CSL and Amazon Team Up to Make Gifting Easy!

Again in 2019, CSL has an Amazon Wish List to make it easy to support a child or family this Christmas season! Just use this link, and select from a list of gifts CSL has pre-screened that would make excellent additions to our Christmas Stores.

Because Amazon sends a gift receipt, we'll be able to make sure your gift is properly tracked, and, at the end of the year, you'll receive a tax deduction letter showing the value of the gifts you shipped.
3 Trails Brewing Co. to Debut "Bess's Bock"

Stay tuned for a fun announcement next week between CSL and 3 Trails Brewing Co.!

Sock Distribution Success
As mentioned over the last few months, CSL, thanks to the generosity of Bombas, is distributing 200,000 pairs of socks throughout the Kansas City area.

Through October, we have given 120,000 pairs of socks to partner agencies and school districts that will give them to kids and adults in need. The socks went south (Olathe Public Schools), north (Park Hill School District), west (Kansas City, Kansas), east (Odessa), in the heart of KCMO to many agencies, and, of course, to dozens of agencies and school districts in Eastern Jackson County.

We are turning our attention for the remainder of 2019 to organizations that help our homeless neighbors, and organizations that can provide socks as a Christmas gift. Can you help us? If so, please fill out this request form.
CSL Recognized by LISC!
Annually, Greater Kansas City LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) hosts its "Thrive" event. Thrive celebrates the best in Kansas City community development and  honors those working towards making our neighborhoods better, safer, and healthier places to live and thrive. CSL is thrilled to be named the 2019 "Organization with Greatest Impact." We will receive the award at Thrive on November 15, 2019.

CSL participates as one of LISC's five Kansas City area Financial Opportunity Centers and we deliver the highly-successful programming called Bridges to Career Opportunities. We are grateful for LISC's partnership and their recognition! If you'd like to join us at the KC Urban Youth Academy to celebrate this award, you can purchase a ticket for just $25!


CSL's BlendWell Community Cafe - The Perfect Place for Your Holiday Gathering!
Fall and Winter are festive times to gather with friends, family, and colleagues. We all know how quickly the calendar fills up with events. This year, make it easy on yourself, and host your event at CSL's BlendWell Community Cafe!

We have lots of experience with baby showers, Christmas parties, company holiday/year-end gatherings, family events, etc. If you're interested in using BlendWell for a gathering place, please contact Ana at reyesa@cslcares.org, and she'll work with you to create the perfect event, and will make sure you get your date on the calendar. 

We can provide food for your event, or you can bring in your own food and we'll charge a reasonable room rental fee. Whether your event is 15 people or 150, we can work with you to make it great. Plus, your event provides revenue to CSL that will help support meaningful and lasting change for our neighbors assisted by our programs and services!







Monthly Giving. Monthly Good. 
The 1916 Club is CSL's monthly giving program that allows supporters to make sustained gifts through monthly credit card charges or checking/savings account withdrawals.

In 1916, a group of 22 forward-thinking women founded CSL as a way to support children and families in need in our community. More than 103 years later, members of the 1916 Club share the same vision and provide monthly support to ensure that the mission of CSL is met every day.

By joining the 1916 Club, you can be assured that you're doing your part to make our Eastern Jackson County community a better place to live by providing resources for families to achieve economic stability.
Events
Luminous - lighting pathways to change, presented by Edward Jones, is is only one week away on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel at the Plaza. It will be a magical night celebrating Community Services League. Emceed by Kris Ketz, KMBC9, the evening includes a delicious dinner, drinks, an exclusive Live Auction and dancing to the sounds of Lost Wax.
 
St. Mary's Medical Center is this year's Welcome Reception SponsorFoster Dental Care  is sponsoring the  VIP Sponsor Reception,   CBD American Shaman  will sponsor the  After Party ,  and  Centerpoint Medical Center  is sponsoring the  Impact Story We are grateful for  all of our sponsors and community supporters.   Don't miss out!  Online ticketing is closed, but you may call (816) 912-4485 if you are interested in attending.
Make plans now to kick off the holidays on Sunday, December 8th at one of two annual community concerts benefiting CSL!

The 34th annual Independence Mayor's Christmas Concert, presented by Centerpoint Medical Center, features Independence fourth graders in a huge community choir, the Van Horn High School Concert Choir, the Music Arts Institute MAIster Singers and the Spirit of Independence Band at the Community of Christ Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. No admission fee; a free-will offering is taken.

The 21st annual Blue Springs Spirit of Caring Concert, presented by St. Mary's Medical Center and the Blue Springs School District, will be held at 2 :00 p.m. at the Barbara Landes Performing Arts Center at Blue Springs South High School. Featuring a holiday potpourri of local entertainment including Blue Springs elementary school choirs, soloists, ensembles, bands and much more; it is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!  Admission is $5 at the door.

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