2020 Gladstone Mayor's Christmas Tree lighting goes virtual

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Wherever the placement of the Gladstone Mayor’s Christmas Tree in Linden Square, the tree is a reminder for groups receiving donations. This year these groups are Feed Northland Kids and the Northland Christmas Store.

GLADSTONE — Due to current COVID-19 social distancing requirements, Mayor Jean Moore, Gladstone City Council and the City of Gladstone invite the community to enjoy a virtual presentation of its annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

A link to the pre-recorded, virtual celebration will be posted at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 on the city’s official website at www.gladstone.mo.us as well as the Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Facebook page, according to a press release.

Families and friends are encouraged to enjoy the socially distanced celebration from the comfort of their own home. It will feature musical performances from Oak Hill Day School and Oak Park High School band.

This annual event and fundraiser helps support charitable organizations in the Northland. Donations will be accepted online at myevent.com/gladstonemayorschristmastreefund or in person at Gladstone City Hall and the Gladstone Community Center. Proceeds will benefit Feed Northland Kids and The Northland Christmas store.

Feed Northland Kids provides backpacks full of food to send home each weekend for more than 900 hungry elementary school children in the North Kansas City School District, a release states. Additionally, Feed Northland Kids has established school pantries in middle and high schools across the Northland. When the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis hit, FNK created the Community Food Kit program and has been distributing packages of food and produce to hundreds of vulnerable families each week.

Northland Christmas Store, established 1988, has been dedicated to providing food, hygiene products and new toys to children and families during the holiday season. Annually, 1,000 deserving families and senior citizens in Clay County are served.

For more information regarding the city’s virtual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting, call 423-4200 or visit the city’s website at www.gladstone.mo.us.