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FOUNDED SPRING 2014

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WHAT IS OPEN ARMS?

Our vision at Open Arms is not only to feed and clothe people, but to wrap them with hope, love and encouragement. We don’t want to be just a handout, but rather a hand up. 

Our passion runs deep to help meet the basic needs in our community. Open Arms provides food, clothing and other basic supplies to many local families including refugees, the homeless, and those experiencing financial hardship.

 

location

Open Arms is located on the lower level of Indian Creek Community Church
12480 S. Blackbob Road Olathe, KS 66062

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clothing boutique

Open Arms has a free clothing boutique open to the public
on Tuesdays 1-3pm, Thursdays 1-3pm and the
3rd Saturday of every month from 9-11am. 

 

 

 

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY

Open Arms, a ministry of Indian Creek Community Church and a member of Harvesters’ network, will hold a Mobile Food Pantry in Olathe on the
 1st Saturday of each month (weather permitting!) beginning at 7:30am. 

The Mobile Food Pantry will distribute food intended for families in need of food in the back parking lot of Indian Creek Community Church located at
12480 S. Black Bob Rd. Olathe, KS 66062.

The distribution of primarily fresh produce will take place on a first-come, first-serve basis. Recipients will be asked to provide the number in their household. Recipients will line up their vehicles in the back parking lot of the church and volunteers will load food directly into the vehicles. Multiple households may be in the same vehicle but a representative must be present from each household.

 

 

infant care needs

 
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Open Arms partners with Happy Bottoms to provide diapers to qualifying individuals. There are three parts to qualifying to receive HappyBottoms diapers: your child's age, where you live and your income level. HappyBottoms serves children under the age of four. Kansas families must reside in Wyandotte or Johnson Counties. The family must show they are in financial need. This can be done two ways: by showing proof of participation in WIC, SNAP (food stamps), TANF, or Medicaid or by providing pay stubs for all employed household members. Applications for HappyBottoms diapers are accepted at Open Arms on Tuesdays 1-3pm & Thursdays 1-3pm. The only pickup times available at Open Arms is on Tuesdays 1-3pm & Thursdays 1-3pm for participating families. Please note: families are not allowed to receive diapers from multiple
agencies in a month.

 

 

HOMELESS

Open Arms is actively involved in helping the homeless in our community. We provide warm blankets, sleeping mats, coats, gloves, hats, clothes, personal hygiene items and occasionally hot meals.

 

DONATIONS

If you are a business, group or organization that would like to do a food or clothing drive for Open Arms we will gladly provide a labeled, 55-gallon collection barrel.

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what we can accept

Open Arms regularly accepts the following donations:

  • Monetary donations- checks should be made out to Indian Creek Community Church (memo- Open Arms)
  • Food- non-perishable, not expired
  • Clothing & Shoes- new or gently used, sizes infant to adult
  • Household Products- unopened soaps, detergents, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.
  • Clean plastic bags of all types- they will be used to make homeless sleeping mats.
 

 

SPECIFIC ANNUAL DONATIONS

August Back to School Drive- new socks and shoes for school aged children.
Winter Drive- blankets (heavy and clean only, no pillows), coats, hats and gloves for the homeless.
December Toy Drive- new and gently used toys (no stuffed animals unless new), to be given as Christmas gifts.

 

 

what we cannot accept

We do not accept furniture or household items. Sometimes when we have a specific request we will help connect and coordinate furniture donations. We do not have the storage space for furniture or household items.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Whether you are an individual, group, small business or large organization we have volunteer opportunities available.

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contact information

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, or have specific donations, please contact

Amy Stewart, Director of Open Arms
amy.stewart@indiancreek.org
913.744.1177