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  • Making a Difference: Football fans to help those who need a warm blanket

  • In its first year, more than 100 blankets were donated through the Independence School District’s Power Up for Warmth campaign. In addition, $8,000 was donated through community members and a partnership with Independence Power and Light.

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  • In its first year, more than 100 blankets were donated through the Independence School District’s Power Up for Warmth campaign. In addition, $8,000 was donated through community members and a partnership with Independence Power and Light.
    Independence is hoping for an even better result during Power Up for Warmth this year. It is at 7 p.m. tonight at the Truman High School vs. William Chrisman football game at Independence All-School Stadium on the Chrisman campus. William Chrisman Youth volunteers will be accepting blankets at the entrance gate. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Community Services League iShare fund and will be matched by Independence Power and Light. The iShare program helps people with utility bills.
    John Tramel, director of family services and Caring Communities for the Independence School District, is organizing Power Up for Warmth this year.
    1 What is Power Up for Warmth?
    The event started last year, propted by the Hungry and Homeless Coalition. The idea was to collect blankets that we could give to families for the cold winter months.
    2 How did Independence Power and Light become involved with matching funds?
    We were thinking about what else we could do to support individuals in our community who needed help. We thought we could expand the idea to donate some of the proceeds of gate tickets. We know that older homes are not very energy efficient, so electric bills tend to be higher in these homes. Through the iShare program, individuals can get help in paying their utility bills, so it is a great partnership.
    3 Do you have a goal for how many blankets you would like to collect this year?
    We have talked to our family school liaison about how many families could utilize these blankets. We think we could give out between 300 and 400 blankets.
    4 Can people make donations who do not attend the football game?
    Yes, they can. They can make monetary donations through the Independence School District Foundation. When making the donation, specify that it is for the Power Up for Warmth fund. For more information, contact Lori Worth, executive director, at 816-521-5300.
     
     
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