“Because those moments on the street when the crowd would rock with me I felt like the biggest man, the biggest man in… Kansas City” sang Andy Grammer to an adoring crowd at Rock the Red Kettle Kansas City on December 7th, 2012. Grammer, who also participated in the 2012 Rock the Red Kettle national [...]
Imagine this: Growing up, your mom struggled to pay the bills every month. While your dad continued an endless search for a decent paying job, she was constantly on the phone with angry collection agencies demanding a minimum payment that neither parent could make. Dinner on the table was never a guarantee and you felt [...]
While they may not be first responders or trained in disaster relief, community members have created opportunities to use their own unique skills to assist with recovery efforts.
One such person is Shane Dickerson, the Kansas and Missouri Market Manager for Sam’s Club and member of The Salvation Army’s Kansas City Advisory Board. He has worked tirelessly throughout the Joplin disaster to create a supply infrastructure that would permeate all areas of need across the region.
Dickerson has chosen to coordinate his efforts with the Fire Department Chief, the Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
“I sit on the Advisory Board in Kansas City, so I was incredibly excited to see The Salvation Army as the first organization on our door step asking for aid so they could respond,” said Dickerson. “They said they needed gloves, so we gave them every glove we had available – down to the gloves our butchers use to handle meat.”
Dickerson has salvaged what materials he is able from the now-demolished Walmart on Range Line Road, and has tapped the Sam’s Club supply chain to distribute Gatorade, water, shopping carts, baby clothing, diapers, and dust masks.
Dickerson and Sam’s Club continue to work to meet the needs of first responders and aid organizations responding to the crisis, and intend to provide aid throughout the crisis.