Kansas City staff support charity that has served co-worker’s family
TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) has approximately 2,500 employees, many of whom have entered the social services field to care for others. That caring spirit continued this week, as DCF staff in Kansas City presented the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City with a check for $3,219. Staff members raised the funds during DCF’s annual Charity Championship. This particular charity was selected because of the role it has played in the life of DCF worker, Stephanie Clark, Atchison, whose grandson suffers from multiple health conditions.
On Wednesday, April 27, DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore and Kansas City staff presented their check and toured the facility that provided a home away from home for Clark’s loved ones. Stephanie’s grandson, Champ Buster, was born with several heart complications. He had his first open-heart surgery at two. He had another at age five. Champ is also legally blind and deaf. He spends a great deal of time at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, so the Ronald McDonald House allows the family to be close to him during treatment.
“When children have to be in the hospital, regardless of why, the family has enough to worry about with the child’s health, mounting medical bills and day-to-day responsibilities,” Stephanie said. “The Ronald McDonald House helps lighten the load by offering food, shelter, laundry facilities and more to families, at no cost. Our family, along with the hundreds of families that the Ronald McDonald House has helped over the past year, want to thank each DCF staff member who participated in raising funds for this very worthy cause.“
During the annual DCF Charity Championship held in March, each DCF region designates a charity. Statewide, agency staff members raised approximately $11,700 this year for five charities. In all, the agency raised more than three times what it raised during last year’s competition.
“For the past three years, this has been a great way to boost employee morale, team spirit and help our community partnering organizations,” Secretary Gilmore said. “This year, our staff really got excited about benefitting these charities and donated a considerable amount, which will have a great impact in our communities.”
During the days of the tournament, DCF employees voluntarily made a minimum $3 donation so they could wear their college team T-shirts, polos or sweatshirts. For $2 more, the employee could wear jeans that day as well.
The other charities selected by the regions include Habitat for Humanity (West Region), ICT S.O.S. (Wichita Region), Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas (East Region) and Project Topeka (DCF Administration).
DCF staff member, Stephanie Clark, and her grandson, Champ Buster