Operation Child In Need helps any child in our community whose family is unable to provide the things that would help their educational, physical, or emotional development. Operation Child in Need distributes backpacks filled with school supplies as well as fulfilling requests for clothing, vision exams and glasses, food assistance, and other needs that cannot be met by the adults caring for these children.

As a part of Operation Child in Need, the Unaccompanied Youth program provides sturdy backpacks designed to protect electronics and duffel bags filled with personal supplies and comfort items to high school students who are homeless or have been displaced from their homes and have no permanent housing or parental guidance.

In 2018-2019, 1,027 clients were served.  School supplies and backpacks were distributed and individual requests were granted.  Requests for assistance are made to Assistance League of Kansas City through school counselors and social workers.  Operation Child In Need began in 1991 and is truly a unique program meeting important individual needs of children that are not being met through other assistance programs.

Individual requests granted during past years include:
    • eye exams and glasses
    • portable cribs, diapers and baby supplies
    • helmets for children with special needs
    • Christmas gifts for a family whose gifts were stolen
    • birth certificate, clothing and shoes for a homeless boy so he could get a job
    •  many requests for clothing for needy children in crisis such as homelessness, domestic violence, or removal from the homes


Examples of requests received:

Clothing and a coat were requested for a boy whose mother and aunt had abused him emotionally and threw out all his clothes twice.

Clothing and a coat were requested for two brothers. Both of their parents had suffered heart attacks within a short period of time and consequently lost their jobs.

Notes of appreciation

“The kids feel so much better about themselves”

Newhouse - Domestic Violence Shelter

Operation Child in Need Video