Neglected and abused children find holiday warmth at Kansas City shelter

KMBZ News Staff
December 10, 2018 - 7:08 am

Christmas is one of the most anticipated days of the year for children... but what about for those kids who can't be at home?

Staff members at the Salvation Army Children's Shelter in Kansas City begin making the child feel at home as soon as they arrive.

"We start by letting them know that they're safe, they're loved and they're cared for, however that needs to look for the kid," said Erin Eaton, shelter director.

Kids staying at the shelter this time of year will likely wake up there on Christmas morning. They usually wake up around 6:30 or 7:00, anxious to see what Santa brought them.

"We try to keep it to two or three presents a kid, and they have a stocking that full," Eaton said. "They just kind of spend the day hanging out, playing with their toys, eating too much food and napping and watching Christmas movies on TV."

The spirit of Christmas is about goodness, kindness, hope and love, Eaton said, and her staff tries to communicate those emotions every day of the year, not just during the holidays.

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