Kansas City church fire destroys food, clothing intended to go to those in need

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Church leaders said Thanksgiving baskets full of food for families in need were all destroyed in a fire at Evangelistic Center Church. They said they had also been collecting coats for Heartland Center for Behavior Change, but those were destroyed in the blaze too.

The center, which is located near 17th and Prospect, is a medical detox center that serves a lot of homeless people in the area. Staff said they hate seeing people leave the center without a coat during the wintertime.

“When it gets closer to wintertime, because of our location, we do have individuals that sometimes are just not really coming in for services but to get out of the cold,” said Tressa Dickerson, program manager.

Dickerson said the organization was looking forward to having an on-site clothes closet to help patients in need. She said anybody is welcome to drop new or gently used coats or clothing off at their office near 17th and Prospect between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. any day of the week.

Staff with Evangelistic Center Church said they are determined to still put together new Thanksgiving baskets to help families in need this holiday.