Volunteers create gingerbread houses for a good cause

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On Saturday morning, young volunteers at the County Club Congressional Church in Brookside, worked to create hundreds of gingerbread houses for  the Kristkindl Markt Festival, which takes place the first weekend of December.

The houses will be a staple of the Kristkindl Markt celebration, which has been held for the last 21 years. Church volunteers will bake dozens upon dozens of cookies and transform the church into a small German village.

"This is modeled after what they do in Germany, in villages all across the country where they have these villages and markets with oompah bands and crafts and food," said Chase Peeples, a Pastor at Country Club Congregational.

The fun however is not without a worthy cause. Donations from the decorated gingerbread houses will help operation breakthrough serve low income families in Kansas City.

"We have many families who live without gas or lights or both of those things.  These are families that work every day.  But they work at fast food or making beds at hotels.  Jobs that are jobs but you can't get ahead," said Sister Berta Sailer of Operation Breakthrough.

The Kristkindl Markt celebration will take place on December 6th and 7th at the Country Club Congregational Church in Brookside.  Admission is free, however donations will be accepted for operation breakthrough for the "decorate your own" gingerbread houses.

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