OVERLAND PARK, KS (December 18, 2015) -- Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents in Overland Park, Kansas, today delivered 100 gifts to families at Don Bosco center in Kansas City, Missouri The gifts included toiletries, pots, pans, coats, hats and gloves, shoes, books, and educational toys. A Tallgrass Creek shuttle bus brought staff and residents who gave the gifts to recipient families when they arrived at the center.
The gifts were collected as part of an Adopt-a-Family project held during the past three weeks at the retirement community. Twenty residents and 40 staff were involved in the project, which was held under the auspices of the community's Erickson Values Team.
The Don Bosco Center was created and built by residents of northeast Kansas City who wanted a safe place for their children. In the late 1930s, the Italian community in Columbus Park decided that the children in their neighborhood needed a safe place to go with meaningful recreational activities.
Members of the community volunteered their time to build the center on evenings and weekends. Construction of the original building took less than one year. When it was complete in 1940, the Don Bosco Center fulfilled its original mission by becoming the focal point for young people in Columbus Park.