When Missouri Gov. Mike Parson deployed the Missouri National Guard to protect Kansas City Police buildings and other government facilities during civil unrest in early June, KCPD members wanted to be good hosts.
The soldiers stayed in KCPD buildings while not at their assigned posts, so Department members wanted to thank them for their service by providing food and hospitality. Many restaurants and community members partnered with KCPD to donate meals for the National Guard members.
Master Patrol Officer Greg Smith and KCPD social worker Trena Miller went to one fast food restaurant to see it they would be willing to provide breakfast for the soldiers. Management staff declined, but the woman working at the register, Allison, overheard the request and said she would buy the meals out of her own pocket.
The next day, Miller followed up with Allison to thank her for her generosity. Miller learned that despite working at the fast food restaurant full time, Allison lived in her car with her three children. Even though she was homeless, Allison had still bought the meals for the soldiers.
Miller went to work marshaling resources to get Allison and her family the home they deserved. Thanks to Miller’s efforts, the family is now in an apartment but needs furnishings and housewares. KCPD members have gathered some, such as the towels pictured. The KCPD is collecting the following new or gently used items for Allison’s family. Please contact Trena Miller if you can help:
Pots and Pans
Soap dish for a bathroom
Couch or Loveseat
Boy 1: size 10-12 shirts and pants, size 4 shoe
Boy 2: 8-10 shirt and pants, size 3 shoe
Girl: Large shirt, size 8-9 pants, size 8 shoe
Boxer briefs: size 6
Women’s underwear size 8