Eight-year-old Makenzie stacks five cans into a tower of green beans and briskly carries it to the veggie shelf in Operation Breakthrough’s food pantry. Mykia, age 9, slits open taped cartons of pancake mix with a door key.
Sorting, stacking and stuffing – our students have quickly become expert helpers!
As a childcare provider, Operation Breakthrough is exempt from the Kansas City Shelter in Place Order. The center is open each weekday to about 70 students whose parents work in health care or other essential businesses.
The children see the outpouring of support from the community, as donations of food and supplies arrive at the center. They are quick to volunteer when we need help organizing and distributing those donations to families in need, including their own.
Thinking of preschoolers who are home sheltering in place, second-graders Laniya, Malachi and Semiyah cut out triangles, circles and squares to help young children learn about shapes. Operation Breakthrough staff and students are making educational packets, filled with fun learning games, that are included in each family’s food bags.
Every afternoon, the bags are placed directly in the trunks or backseats of parents who are able to drive to Operation Breakthrough. Staff make deliveries to families without transportation, leaving supplies by the door to allow for safe social distancing.
“Can we do this again tomorrow?” children ask when the last bag is packed for the day. Thanks to the contributions of so many friends of Operation Breakthrough, the answer, for now, is “Yes!”