At Knit-Rite, helping people is part of who we are. But, our love of helping others doesn’t end with our products. Knit-Rite is actively involved in helping others in our community and beyond. One particular favorite is the Cross-Lines Christmas Store. Cross-Lines is a community outreach program located right in Knit-Rite’s Kansas City, KS neighborhood. Every year, the Cross-Lines staff opens a Christmas Store, allowing 500 parents in the community the opportunity to shop for gifts for their family. Each family receives gifts of new clothes, coats, toys, household items and groceries for a holiday dinner. The parents get to choose the gifts they give their children for Christmas.
When this time of year comes around, Knit-Rite employees truly enjoy being part of the fundraising for the Cross-Lines Christmas Store. The festive atmosphere began this year in October with a Walking Taco Bar. Employees donated the ingredients to make delicious Walking Tacos. Then, in order to eat, each employee made a $5 donation.
One morning in early November, Knit-Rite employees got another enjoyable treat – Kim Vering’s Breakfast Casserole. Kim, wife of COO Chris Vering, made up several pans of her delicious breakfast casserole and sold them to employees.
The last big event was the annual Chili Cook-Off! Knit-Rite recruited 5 chili cooks to whip up their special recipes. On the day of the big competition, employees could pay and receive trials of each of the 5 chili recipes, as well as dessert to round out the meal. After trying each of the chilis, each person voted for their favorite chili. The top three cooks received a trophy and the winner earned a new crockpot (encouragement for next year’s Chili Cook-Off)!
Along with each of these events, Knit-Rite held a raffle. Employees could purchase raffle tickets for a variety of awesome prizes including vacation and personal days, a Kindle Fire and several other great prizes.
Our grand total money raised for the Christmas Store was $1,342! The money was used to purchase a variety of gifts, which were all donated to the Cross-lines Christmas Store to become gifts for families that would otherwise have none.
Helping people is part of our mission as a company – from the products we make to the community we live in. God Bless and Happy Holidays from Knit-Rite.