One Family’s Struggle Reflects Regional Poverty Issue

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Sisters Addison, 5, and Peyton,4, love to play outside in the crisp Fall air.  But for the girls, riding their new bikes would not be possible as we move into winter if not for a group of generous strangers.

"They've given me coats, they've given me winter gloves, scarves," said the sisters' mother Misty Huffstutler.  "There have been times where I couldn't even get a single Christmas gift for my kids or my kids needed shirts or pants or even a pair of shoes.  They have been so, so helpful."

Misty uses Community Services League when time get tough.  Without CSL, there would be no holiday feasts, no presents on Christmas morning and her growing daughters may not have the clothes they need to stay warm this winter.

"I don't know what I would do without them sometimes," said Misty.  "I truly don't know what I would do or what other people would do without them."

CSL executive director Michael Levine said in the six weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas, CSL will help about 6,000 people, half of which are children.

"People need warm clothes, they need blankets," said Levine.  "We do see a decent number of homeless people. But even mom and dad who are having a hard time, a new jacket at this time of the year, even a donated jacket for their children is a wonderful addition."

As Misty fills her kids' closets with warm coats, sweaters and scarves, she'll also fill CSL's clothing racks. You see, she donates her daughters' clothes from last winter back to the organization that has given her family so much.

CSL accepts donations of time, money and new and used items.

To learn how you can donate or get help if you need it, visit or cal (816) 254-4100.

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