Kansas City, Missouri – On November 27, United Way of Greater Kansas City is launching #LoadsOfLoveKC, an annual Giving Tuesday campaign that aims to take a unique approach at solving local school kids’ attendance issues as they relate to a lack of clean clothing. This is the third year of the campaign, with the biggest goal yet and growth into new school districts.
November 27 is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving in which people around the world come together to celebrate generosity and make an impact in their communities. For the third consecutive year, United Way of Greater Kansas City will launch #LoadsOfLoveKC. The organization is partnering with Faultless and Faultless Healthcare Linen. The goal is to raise $20,000 total in 24 hours to purchase washers, dryers and laundry supplies for Kansas City schools in need.
The #LoadsOfLoveKC initiative will allow children to discretely bring clothes that need washing to school. Benefits of having a washer/dryer in the school house have been proven to increase attendance and student behavior. Not only are students more motivated to come to school when they can put their best foot forward, but this kind of resource lets students know their community cares about them. Last year, the initiative hit its $15,000 goal to provide a washer, dryer and supplies to six Kansas City schools. The schools that received washer/dryer sets in 2016 and 2017 have seen stronger attendance rates following the gifts.
Susan Witcher, President and CEO of Faultless Healthcare Linen, shares her excitement.
“We are excited that is the third year Faultless Healthcare Linen and Faultless Starch are partnering together for the United Way’s #LoadsofLoveKC campaign,” says Witcher. “Last year, we were blown away by the community’s support of this campaign to ensure more kids in Kansas City had access to clean clothes. We are hoping for the same support this year as we have witnessed first-hand the power of clean laundry!”
This year, #LoadsofLoveKC will expand beyond KCPS and into Hickman Mills and Raytown Districts. Both districts are thrilled at the opportunity to partner with United Way of Greater Kansas City to make a positive impact in their schools.
“We know that students who come to school every day, on time, have a greater chance at success,” says Dr. Yolanda Cargile, Superintendent, Hickman Mills School District. “As a school district we want to knock down every barrier that would prevent a student from showing up to school. Having access to washers and dryers at school will undoubtedly have a positive impact on our families. We are very grateful for this important partnership with the United Way of Greater Kansas City.”
“Learning is a progressive activity and regular participation in the classroom plays a significant role in a student’s success,” says Dr. Allan Markley, Superintendent, Raytown School District. “There are a number of factors we look at that affect student attendance, and as a district, we strive to meet the needs of our students, both inside and outside of the classroom. We are thankful to United Way and our community for this outstanding partnership. Having a washer and dryer in our schools will provide a basic necessity, enabling us to further protect the health and dignity of our students.”
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