As the economy continues its downward spiral, Sugar Creek’s Citizens Civic Relief Commission is finding it more and more difficult to care for its own.

As the economy continues its downward spiral, Sugar Creek’s Citizens Civic Relief Commission is finding it more and more difficult to care for its own.

“We don’t have the resources to help everybody,” said Carolyn Moore, president of the organization that has helped Sugar Creek for more than 40 years in everything from providing a short-term emergency shelter to helping people pay their utility bills. “What a lot of people don’t know is that none of the other organizations can help people with a Sugar Creek address; our residents are short-shifted when it comes to assistance.”

Moore said CCRC has averaged five new families a month in the past year. The groups’ usual allotment of 25 Thanksgiving baskets was increased to 33.

“A lot of people that have never been there before have fallen on hard times,” Moore said. “We’ve had an increase in need coupled with an increase in spending on food.”

Moore said she knows of numerous families in Sugar Creek whose electricity has been shut off; a few have been without power since last year. The organization receives a minimal amount of money for utility assistance from the Missouri Association of Counties.

“Two months ago, I gave away our entire utility allotment the first day of the month,” Moore said. “The problem is that sometimes a $250 bill can, with penalties and insurance, grow to $500 to $600 to get the power back on; our total monthly allotment is $500 to $600.”

Moore said the organization is limited to helping one person per month with utilities at an amount that cannot exceed $100. She said CCRC does not offer rent assistance.

“We’ve applied to the state the last two years for rent assistance, and they told us we’re qualified,” Moore said, “but they’re out of funding.”

Moore said this year the organization had to do without the 20 cases of food typically delivered by the Disabled American Veterans.

“We’re always grateful for anything we get,” Moore said. “This year we’re extremely grateful.”

The CCRC, which operates 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays out of the basement of the Sugar Creek Gymnasium on 11232 Chicago St., can accept non-perishable food items as well as items that can be frozen. It lacks available space for clothing donations.

For more information, please call Moore at 816-252-7429.

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WANT TO HELP?

Those wishing to make a monetary donation may do so by mailing the following address: Attn: CCRC Sugar Creek City Hall 103 S. Sterling Sugar Creek, MO 64054