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Posted on: December 18, 2018

Toys for children visiting family members at Jackson County Detention Center

December 18, 2018

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Metropolitan Community College, Clare OttoOffice: 816.604.1415 | Mobile: 913.209.8603, Email:

Jackson County, Marshanna Hester. Office: 816.881.1391 | Mobile: 816.878.1930, Email:


Toys for children visiting family members at Jackson County Detention Center 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Children visiting loved ones at the Jackson County Detention Center (JCDC) this holiday season will receive a surprise gift, thanks to Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley and Jackson County.

Santa will be at the JCDC on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 3-5 p.m. Media are invited to attend. Interviews are available with families who are willing, detention center associates and MCC employees. Media must RSVP their attendance with associated names to the Jackson County media contact by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19. Please note this advisory is for planning purposes and is not intended for release to the general public.

Now in its 13th year, MCC-Penn Valley’s Criminal Justice Association Toy Drive provides toys to children of all ages, from infants to teenagers. Toys are collected from students and staff on campus through mid-December. All of the gifts are then wrapped by detention center associates and handed out to every child who visits a family member, until all the gifts are distributed.

For the second year, Jackson County has joined in on the toy drive in an effort to spread holiday cheer to more children. Giving trees were set up in the courthouse in downtown Kansas City and at the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence. Associates were encouraged to take an ornament from the tree and purchase a suggested gift.

“The look on the kids’ faces when they walk through the door and see Santa is priceless,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “They’re surprised, happy, some a bit scared, but in the end, they walk away with something that makes them smile. Their joy brings our associates joy and Jackson County is proud to partner with MCC on this special project. I can’t thank our associates enough for their continued generosity.”

The MCC Toy Drive project started with students and now includes faculty and staff. Dr. Karen Curls, social science division chair at MCC-Penn Valley, has been involved with the toy drive since its inception, as has administrative assistant Donna Wallace.“This effort comes so much from the students and I couldn’t be more proud,” Curls said.The MCC Toy Drive is held in conjunction with MCC’s Brooks Institute. Their efforts combined with Jackson County resulted in the collection of hundreds of gifts for kids last year.


What to call us: Metropolitan Community College is one college with five campuses. When referring to an individual campus, we say Metropolitan Community College-Longview, Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, etc., not “Longview Community College” or “Penn Valley Community College.” On second reference: MCC-Longview, MCC-Penn Valley, etc. Thanks for getting our name right!

A century of service: Metropolitan Community College is Kansas City’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education; 2017-18 marks our 103rd academic year. The College was founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute. In 1919 it became known as the Junior College of Kansas City. Our campuses — MCC-Blue River, MCC-Business & Technology, MCC-Longview, MCC-Maple Woods and MCC-Penn Valley — and a robust online program educate more than 30,000 students annually through credit and noncredit courses and business services.

Our mission: Preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities.

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