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Letter from the Editor

DECEMBER 2017

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he holiday season is upon us, and the spirit of giving and serving is in full swing. This time of year can carry so many wonderful memories and is often a time to celebrate long-time family traditions and make new ones. For some, however, this time of year can be hard to get through for a variety of reasons. There are so many practical ways to reach out to those around us who may be alone during the holidays or may be spending their first winter without a loved one. Even little gestures can go a long way and can make people feel thought of and loved. During this time of buying gifts, it is easy to focus on the commercialization of the holidays, and it can even be distasteful at times. One of my favorite things to observe on Christmas morning at our house is not necessarily watching my kids open their gifts from me, but rather watching them give each other gifts that they came up with on their own. I can see how much joy they have to give something that means something to them. Every year is slightly different, but all four of them give gifts to each other without being prompted. Sometimes the gift is handmade, sometimes it’s a treasured possession that they are parting with as a regift, and sometimes they have spent the little bit of money they have on something new. Regardless, the excitement is always the same, and the personal joy that comes from selflessly giving is so evident on their face. Giving is so much better than receiving. For our holiday issue, we wanted to spotlight how some people in our community choose to give back. There are countless ways to give and serve around the city, and needs can definitely be greater at this time of year. Thanks for all you do in your own way to give of yourself, and if you are looking for more ways to get involved in your own community, reach out to local churches, schools, hospitals, fire departments and city hall, as they often know of local needs and ways to get involved. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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Good Times

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Hometown Hero

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Inspired By

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elissa Schroeder, a full-time attorney and mother of three in Shawnee, is used to a high-energy lifestyle, but of late she has been up to her ears in piles of

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As the mom in charge of Help from the Heartland, Melissa

and her family have been all over the Kansa City metro in the past few months spreading the word and collecting diaper donations that have expanded into many tons. “After Hurricane Harvey, my children (ages 8, 12, and 14) were begging me to rent a boat to take them to help the hurricane victims in Houston,” Melissa says. As an educated, intelligent professional in a fact-driven occupation, she could see the obstacles. But with the childlike faith of her youngest, Grant, she chose to see the opportunities. Melissa decided to lead by example and do something tangible to bring real help. After discovering that relief agencies don’t provide diapers and wipes to victims of hurricanes, Melissa says she knew this was her answer. “It’s so specific and is an easy thing for kids to wrap their brains around," she says. "Kids understand diapers.” Melissa said her kids got their friends involved  and then some schools, sports teams, police and fire departments, and the diapers kept coming. She says after the first donation, the group had planned to use a trailer, but the three tons of diapers was over the weight limit. Melissa says within minutes, 17 kids unloaded the diapers and wipes and reloaded them into a ROB MAGEE OWNER

U-Haul where the donations were delivered to Texas. Then another hurricane hit. And another. After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Grant told Melissa, “We’re not done yet, Mom.” Grant has been leading the charge with his friends and several local police departments. This future police officer dresses in his own uniform and is treated by the officers as one of the blue family. In October, Grant was featured on KMBC 9 News for his service to his community and his big-hearted efforts. Since then, Melissa says FEMA has requested additional supplies to meet the needs in Puerto Rico, so besides diapers and wipes, the donations will also include water, paper towels and toilet paper. To date, Help from the Heartland has collected enough donations to require sending in a C130 airplane to transport 15 pallets of diapers and wipes, plus three 53-foot tractor-trailers filled with the additional donations.

“Dozens and dozens of local businesses and individuals have sponsored pallets at our request to make this happen,” Melissa says. “We are all just doing what we are supposed to be doing: helping our neighbors. I am hopeful our story will inspire children and adults. Together we are strong.” Melissa believes the overwhelming response to bring hope and goodness to relieve suffering is proof that the people of KC

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Inspired By

FIVE STEPS to a Successful Family Photo Session

ARTICLE BECKY HILLYARD | PHOTOGRAPHY RACHEL RIGLER

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN...

the dreaded family pho-

It is completely hassle-free! Wear it. Return it. And

tos sessions. And while

they take care of the rest! Greyson’s look is also

family photo shoots are

from Rainey’s Closet and is too cute!

kind of the norm in this family, they haven’t gotten easier. However, I have learned many tricks and tips for

#3 MAKE IT FUN FOR THE KIDS

keeping the kiddos and the husband happy—and on

I have learned with my 3-year old that we need to

point–to capture that “moneymaker shot” that makes

make the shoot like it’s not even a photo shoot. For

the holiday card each year. Follow these five simple tips

example, at this location, I told Sutton we were going

to help with your family portraits.

frog and bug hunting, and she had to put on this fluffy dress to help her find them. The second we got out of

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the car, she was in bug hunting mode. Little did we

I have found after many many family sessions that

know that a couple bugs actually did come home with

you can really make the most of what you are working

us. I had a grasshopper on me the entire way home and

with—as in nearby areas that don’t require a long drive

the photographer had a huge spider on her!

time—which is good for everybody. If you are driving a

Another thing you can do is let the kids know there

long distance, it can definitely wear on the kiddos and

is an incentive if they cooperate for the family photos.

even the spouse, and just getting to the destination can

Sutton will do anything for pizza or ice cream! Just

be an hourlong process once the kids are packed, and

remember to bring a change of clothes!

you get on the road. I have had to get creative over the past years now with kids. Would you believe that this

#4 CREATE A MOOD BOARD

location in our pics is just a half-mile from our house

This sounds like a lot of work but it actually only

and is in the back of a school? Look for areas with lots

takes 15 minutes, and you can find so much inspiration!

of trees or a fun walking trail. 

All you need to do is go to Pinterest and search for your inspiration. This can be any kind of imagery, from the

#2 PLAN OUTFITS AHEAD

color tones you want to use for your wardrobe to cer-

As we all know, one of the hardest parts of a family

tain poses or landscape you want! Then just share the

session is getting everyone dress and prepped for

board you’ve created with your photographer.

pictures. I have been there many times. It is stressful, and you want everything to be perfect. I highly

#5 ASK TO SEE YOUR PHOTOS BEFORE LEAVING

suggest checking out Rainey’s Closet, RaineysCloset.

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com. You will not be disappointed! It’s kind of like

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They carry some of my favorite lines that Sutton

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a horizontal and vertical shot of the entire family, so

four or eight days. Add accessories  to complete the

that I can have the option for the design of a vertical

perfect look. They carry sizes from infant to size 12.

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Inspired By

(CON TI N U ED)

Last but not least, have fun! Some of my favorite pictures we have captured as a family are when we are just having fun, not evening thinking about the camera and are candid. I have learned after years of taking pictures with the entire family it is hard to get everyone looking, smiling and posing for the camera. Well sometimes, you just need to scratch that and let the shoot happen!

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From the

Horse's t Mouth

here are hospital wings across America dedicated to it. We see it covered by local news each night. It’s the ultimate gut-wrenching scene in the latest theater release.

Trauma drives the plot. It gets us to pay attention and then look away just as quickly. As dramatic as trauma is made out to be, it is more common than we have been willing to talk about.

Local Nonprofit Uses Horses for Healing

This is not Hollywood trauma. This is the visceral kind. It’s

the stunting kind that affects your child’s grades at school and his ability to connect with his peers. This is the isolating trauma that keeps a veteran indoors on Independence Day. This is the quiet trauma of folding up a newborn’s clothes that were never worn. Trauma does not discriminate, and it does not hand-pick those who have seen war. Trauma could be brought on by

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a car accident, a natural disaster or an abusive relationship. Trauma is highly complex and difficult to treat. Many victims don’t recognize they are struggling with trauma—they are simply getting through one day at a time. All the while, the metaphorical trauma door is beginning to groan and splinter under the weight of unresolved issues. Despite emerging research shedding light on the nature of post-traumatic stress disorder,  options for alternative treatments are still limited. This missed need is where Horses & Heroes steps in. When founder Julie Baker launched the organization in 2015 from her living room in Overland Park, she had an uncluttered and profound clarity about the purpose of her nonprofit. “I remember exactly how it felt,” Baker remembers about the morning that the idea occurred to her. “It was like all the experiences of my past collided with a clarity of purpose. My business coach always said that when you find your ‘why’ it will make you cry. She told me that if your dream doesn't scare the hell out of you, it isn’t big enough. Well, I found my ‘why’ that morning.”

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FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH (CON TI N U ED)

Horses & Heroes is an equine-assisted psychotherapy organization focused on a simple vision: to heal the unseen wounds of trauma. Originally tailored to assist veterans with PTSD, the founders of Horses & Heroes quickly recognized the larger need for trauma therapy as unexpected clients stepped forward. Alongside veterans and first responders, clients arriving for sessions included single mothers, adolescent girls and broken families. The implications of a traumatized individual are devastating in their own right, but the impact does not stop there. The families who struggle alongside trauma victims are equally affected, especially when there are children in the mix. These families, in turn, have a direct impact on the health of the community. This is a crisis. The symptoms of trauma can often be mistaken for the crises themselves: loss of jobs, substance abuse, depression, relational abuse, poor sleeping habits, divorce and suicide. Thankfully, awareness of the statistic that 22 veterans commit suicide a day has broadened over the past five years. However, awareness about the spike in adolescent suicide rates is disturbingly lacking. According to the American Psychological Association, the number of adolescent suicides has risen by a quarter in less than two years, now numbering 13 in every 100,000, compared to 10.5 every 100,000 in 2015. It appears that our military service members are not the only at-risk demographic for trauma-related suicide. For the 40 percent of affected adults who do seek help for trauma, new studies have indicated that cognitive talk therapy may not be effective. Inversely, studies of experiential therapies have shown again and again to result in effective breakthroughs. Equine therapy has especially been gaining ground in the scientific, as well as the therapeutic, communities over the past 15 years. Equine therapy ushers in quicker and more frequent client breakthroughs than conventional therapy sessions. This is attributed to the fact that equine therapy requires a client to participate actively in his or her healing. Since it brings the client out of the office and into the outdoors, it doesn't feel like therapy. It is focused on problem-solving and results and provides clients with real-time feedback. 24

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Whether clients are veterans or civilians, there is a generally negative stigma associated with talk therapy. To counter that stigma, equine therapy doesn’t require clients to have the language necessary to discuss a specific trauma. All they have to do is arrive. The intuitive nature of the horses takes care of the rest. Horses & Heroes uses horses in a groundbased, team approach. There is no riding experience necessary to participate. As the client interacts with the horse in a session, powerful metaphors emerge. Since the horse stands as the focal point of a session, discussing difficult details feels less threatening. These metaphors give clients crucial insights into the nature of their traumas. Clarity and focus have been the cornerstones of Horses & Heroes’ mission. This focus is what channels Horses & Heroes’ resources

toward

assisting

immediate

families in the Kansas City area. Starting at home is not only how families heal—it’s how entire communities heal. As a new nonprofit, Horses & Heroes' needs are many. The primary needs are for private donors, volunteers and corporate sponsorship. For more information about volunteer and donation opportunities  or to book a session, visit HorsesAndHeroes.org

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DIY

Wreath ARTICLE AMY CASON | PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

Create a simple holiday wreath for the hearth of your home or to welcome your friends and family. STEP 1

Supplies needed A ring or frame—this can be a wire wreath frame, an embroidery hoop or metal ring for crocheting from your local hobby store Scissors Spool of wire Mix of evergreens like cedar, juniper, balsam, pine, boxwood and eucalyptus Additional items you may want to add in such as  ribbon, pine cones or cotton

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STEP 1


Instructions 1. Cut pieces of all your evergreens into 6-inc10-inch inch pieces. Bundle four stems together with wire until you have around 10-12 small clusters. 2. Start at the top of your round ring frame and lash your first small cluster of greens with the stems angled down. Add the next small cluster with the tops covering

STEP 2

the exposed wired stems and, with the spool, lash that bundle onto the frame. 3. Repeat until all the frame is covered. 4. Spray down your wreath with Wilt Stop to

STEP 3

preserve it and slow down the dehydration of the wreath. 5. Add your additional pine cones, cotton or ribbon to finish off. 6. Hang up and enjoy.

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Giving Back ARTICLE ALLISON SWAN

SUNFLOWER BANK BANK SPONSORS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS AND YOUTHRIVE

S

unflower Bank is a proud sponsor of Big Brothers Big

They care and want to make an impact on kids in need," Bruce

Sisters and Youthrive, both local charitable organiza-

says. "They immediately jumped in to support the mission.

tions with a focus on giving back

They’ve become 'bigs,' event participants, fundraisers, and they

“Our locally-based banking efforts involve other com-

donate their time to provide financial training to our 'littles.'"

munity-focused charitable organizations whose goals align

Sunflower’s involvement with Youthrive, an organization that

with ours,” Eric Comeau, metro Kansas regional president of

supports young adults aging out of foster care, started in August.

Sunflower Bank, says.

Youthrive helps children with life skills, including setting goals

Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission is to create and support life-changing friendships to children in need. Sunflower Bank’s involvement began in 2016 with their

and striving to achieve those goals by instilling the thought process and discipline needed to save money. Youthrive then provides matching donations to those reaching their financial goals.  

sponsorship of Step Up Big with Eric Hosmer. Tiffany Bruce,

“Youthrive is partnering with Sunflower Bank to offer indi-

director of development at BBBS, says their partnership

vidual development accounts for youth transitioning out of

was perfect timing.

foster care," Tim Gay, founder and executive director, says.

“When we started working with Sunflower Bank, they were looking to make a big impact on the community," she says. "It was perfect timing because we were creating a really cool partnership with the Royals and Eric Hosmer. They jumped right in as the presenting sponsor of the campaign which asked the public to step

GIVES BACK

up and pledge per double that

"Through

this

program,

accelerate their ability to purchase a used car or help with costs associated with housing, employment or education.” Sunflower’s involvement goes beyond dollars. “Youthrive needed a bank that could help with their growth,”

Comeau

says.

“It

started with us working inter-

Hosmer hit during the season. This campaign has not only

nally to create a savings account that could be used in their

created awareness for BBBS but has been a great fundraiser

program to help their clients set goals and save money. As

that allows us to serve more kids."

we saw the impact Youthrive had with former foster kids, we

Since then, Sunflower Bank has worked side by side with BBBS

couldn’t help but do more. We’ve made them part of our current

to develop an engaging curriculum to teach about money and

campaign to help raise money and awareness of local char-

finances. Chandra Clark, external partnerships and post-second-

ities.   We’ve made a donation to help with their funding. Our

ary programming manager, works with Steven Coleman, match

teams here and in Wichita are beginning to get involved as

activities coordinator, to develop financial classes.

family supporters and potentially community board members.”

“We saw that our students were in need of financial literacy.

Now through December 31, Sunflower Bank is featuring

Because Sunflower had already been such a generous corpo-

their “It feels good to do good” checking account promotion

rate partner, we asked if they would consider leading a series

to continue growing these local charities.

of financial literacy workshops,” Clark says.

“It allows our customers to designate a local charity that

They partnered to develop a curriculum that’s both edu-

we will support with a donation in early 2018. We will make a

cational and engaging, successfully launching the program

donation to both Youthrive and Big Brothers Big Sisters and

in October with elementary-aged children with plans to

our customers essentially choose the amount,” Comeau says.

expand these courses to middle and high school students.   “What makes Sunflower Bank so special is their employees.

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youth’s savings are matched to

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For more information, visit SunflowerBank.com. 


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Realty Report

Johnson County Realty Report

Neighborhood

List Price

Sold Price

%Sold/List

DOM

Beds

Baths

WOLF VALLEY

$2,750,000

$2,350,000

85%

359

4

5.1

SAGAMORE HILLS

$1,599,000

$1,497,000

93%

104

5

5.2

INDIAN HILLS

$1,340,000

$1,328,450

99%

102

4

3.1

SAGAMORE HILLS

$1,250,000

$1,200,000

96%

42

4

5.2

INDIAN HILLS

$1,295,000

$1,152,129

89%

7

3

4.2

HIGHLANDS CREEK

$1,195,000

$1,135,000

95%

252

5

5.1

LEAWOOD

$1,200,000

$1,130,000

94%

11

5

4.1

ESTATES OF IRON HORSE

$865,000

$865,000

100%

3

4

4.1

BERKSHIRE

$1,285,000

$840,000

65%

111

5

6.2

$849,950

$825,000

97%

123

6

5.2

TOWN & COUNTRY

Information compiled is from Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and includes properties listed and sold in the area from multiple brokers. Statistics from 10/1/2017 TO 10/31/17. DOM=Days on Market

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Lifestyle Calendar

December DECEMBER 1-30

dren’s wonder ignite and feel the glimmer

"RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY’S

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CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE"

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Those lovable cotton-stuffed dolls with their

bright red yarn hair go on a fearless adventure in the Deep Woods to rescue light, warmth and the spirit of Christmas for the diverse population that lives inside Marcella’s toy chest. For more information, visit TYA.org

DECEMBER 1 SAR-KO AGLOW SAR-KO-PAR TRAILS PARK Kick off your holiday festivities this year by meeting up with friends and neighbors for a community celebration at Sar-Ko-Par Trails

DECEMBER 1-2 & 8-9

Park for Sar-Ko Aglow. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with the lighting of Sar-Ko-Par Trails

LUMINARY WALK

Park. Bundle up and enjoy a stroll through the

OVERLAND PARK ARBORETUM

park while taking in the spectacular lights, sip-

DECEMBER 8

AND BOTANICAL GARDENS

ping hot cocoa and listening to carolers.

CANES, COCOA AND CLAUS

Stroll down candlelit trails through the gar-

SHAWNEE INDIAN MISSION

dens and woods at the Overland Park Arbo-

DECEMBER 4 & 8

retum & Botanical Gardens' Holiday Luminary

KANSAS CITY SYMPHONY

candy cane hunt in the Christmas Tree For-

Walk. Enjoy a mile of candles, holiday lights,

PRESENTS TUBACHRISTMAS

est for children ages 10 and under. After,

live musical entertainment, Santa Claus in the

KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR

head indoors where children will be pro-

Depot, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cider

THE PERFORMING ARTS

vided a tree ornament to decorate and take

around a campfire and mystical gnome and

Celebrate TubaChristmas in Helzberg Hall. All

home while enjoying some hot cocoa. Fin-

fairy villages. $10 per person; children 5 and

area tuba and euphonium players are invited

ish off your evening with a chat and photo

under: free; E-tickets: $9. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

to join in the festivities. All are welcome at the

opportunity with Santa! For more informa-

free lunch-hour concert to listen to the sounds

tion, visit SIMFfoundation.org.

DECEMBER 1-31 "A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS" COTERIE THEATRE

of the season, tuba-style! Call 816.218.2639 for more information. Concert begins at noon.

Bring your flashlight to participate in the

DECEMBER 9 NATURAL HOLIDAY DÉCOR WORKSHOP

Join Charlie Brown on a memorable journey

DECEMBER 7-24

as he tries to direct the school Christmas

"THE NUTCRACKER"

Participants will create something for your

pageant. Experience the power of this won-

KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR

door, something for the table and a gift to

derful story live onstage as Charlie Brown

THE PERFORMING ARTS

give or keep. Expert staff will guide you

turns to his best friend Linus to learn the sea-

This classic story by E.T.A. Hoffman is set

through the process of selecting, preparing

son's real meaning. Special encore: Snoopy's

to the celebrated Tchaikovsky’s score and

and using plant materials to create unique

Christmas Eve encounter with the Red Bar-

wrapped with sparkling costumes, exquisite

door charms, garlands and more. Between

on! For questions, contact The Coterie box

sets and captivating choreography by Ar-

projects, enjoy a box lunch and a festive

office 816.474.6552 or visit TheCoterie.org.

tistic Director Devon Carney. See your chil-

adult beverage. info@powellgardens.org

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DECEMBER 15-19 THE KCS HOLIDAY EXPRESS UNION STATION The KCS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the company’s U.S. rail network at scheduled stops. Guests to the train can visit with Santa Claus and walk through three cars filled with holiday displays. Each event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required.

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tion. A 40-foot growing tree, snow falling on stage, and a live orchestra highlight this Overland Park tradition. For tickets, call the Carlsen Center Box Office at 913.469.4445. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Parting Thoughts

T

ake the Christmas songs you know and love. Mix in lilting vocals and folksy instrumental stylings of

the banjo, ukulele, glockenspiel and harmonium. Make giving the goal. And each holiday season, you have the Kansas City-based trio, The Snow Globes. “One of the incredible things about Christmas is the nostalgia and feelings those old songs bring up in people,” Lindsey Jones, The Snow Globes’ lead vocalist, says. “It’s those traditions that we have every year— making the same cookies, singing the same songs— going through those familiar rhythms.” Photography Tom Styrkowicz

Their audience may start craving familiar songs of the season after Thanksgiving, but for the Snow Globes trio comprised of Lindsey, Barclay Martin and Rick Willoughby, Christmas music is year-round. The holiday season is a whirlwind of public and private performances around the Kansas City area. After a post-holiday break, the group reconvenes in early spring to begin writing,

the

arranging and recording new music.

Snow Globes ARTICLE NATALIE FIELEKE

“We’re crazy busy in December, but it takes all year to

get it ready,” Lindsey says. Since they began playing together in 2011, the group has donated a large portion of their proceeds to benefit a cause they care about. After spending time in Mali, West Africa, Barclay was inspired to form The Wash Project. Since 2013, Snow Globes proceeds have gone to support this nonprofit. According to Malian folklore, using soap on one’s hands would wash away one’s wealth. Today, Mali has one of the highest infant mortality rates in Africa, a statistic that can be directly addressed by the practice of using soap to wash hands.  The Wash Project reaches children with the message of washing hands with soap to prevent disease through school and leadership clubs, a monthlong soccer tournament, The Wash Cup and a girls’ basketball league. As the project grew in Mali, so did the need for soap, so a soapmaker trained eight local women and now employs them in a soapmaking cooperative to supply the need in their community. 50

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Lindsey says knowing that the band is impacting the lives of children and bringing them joy through soccer and basketball programs makes their work meaningful. “We love Christmas music, but the fact that it’s making such a difference is what keeps us going,” she says. The group now has five records. Snow Globes music is carried at Made in KC stores and is available on iTunes. For more information, visit TheSnowGlobes.com. For more information or to donate to The Wash Project, visit MedicalMissionsFoundation.org.

SNOW GLOBES PUBLIC PERFORMANCES 7 p.m., December 7, Christ Church Anglican, 5500 W. 91st St., Overland Park, KS 66207 10 a.m., December 9, Christ Church Anglican,  5500 W. 91st St., Overland Park, KS 66207 1 p.m. December 16, Union Station,  30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108 


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