Cyber Monday Shopping Can Help Those in Need

Contact: Stephanie Sasser, 816-853-1425,

Most of us have heard the statistics. 1 in 8 people in the Kansas City metropolitan area are living in poverty. The number of homeless children in our community is increasing at a rate of 20%. Missouri is ranked number 7 among all states for the number of households in which occupants live in hunger or fear of starvation.

On December 2, 2013, otherwise known as Cyber Monday, all Kansas Citians can pull together to be a part of the solution. On this day, it is estimated that more than 42% of Americans will make an on-line purchase. This equates to approximately 840,000 people across the Kansas City metropolitan area. If they all start their on-line shopping experience by launching the sites of their favorite stores from one of the shopping portals on, a website sponsored by United Missionary Baptist Church, more than $4 million can be raised for those in need. For those not interested in shopping, the site also offers opportunities to generate funds by completing surveys, trying new services – free of charge, downloading coupons, or recycling old items.

This fundraising opportunity is unique in several ways. For instance, the church is not seeking financial donations. Instead, the goal is to capitalize on money that Kansas Citians already plan to spend, making it easier for everyone to participate. The only investment is that of time – a mere 30 seconds to visit to register with one of three of the nation’s leading shopping portals. In addition, participants benefit by taking advantage of opportunities to save at more than 2,500 merchants across the country and even qualify for rebates on their holiday shopping. According to Rev. Michael Patton, pastor of United Missionary Baptist Church, “Participation is a win/win for all.”

This fundraising concept is the brainchild of the church’s Do for One Ministry which has fed and clothed more than 400 people in the community this year. The group realizes that while they may not be able to do for all, they can start by doing for one and with the rest of Kansas City’s help, something can be done for many. Per the church’s request, Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James and the City Council of Kansas City, have proclaimed December 2nd, Be a Blessing Day. The church is encouraging all community members regardless of religion, denomination, or financial status to be a blessing to others by visiting and selecting how they would like to participate.

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