MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs step up to help tornado victims

Donations for tornado victims dropped off at March 9 game

The Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods softball team is hosting a donation drive for residents of Oak Grove affected by a tornado on March 6.

Kary Kankey, head Monarchs softball coach, says the tornado devastation has had a direct impact on the team, as three of the current players (Allison Collier, Jenelle Mausbach and Samantha Minnick) are Oak Grove High School graduates.

The Monarchs are raising funds at four home games:

  • March 9–against State Fair Community College
  • March 15–against North Central Missouri College
  • March 16–against Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • March 18–against St. Charles Community College

Kankey says, “All four coaches we play against have agreed to participate and assist with donations.”

2017 MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs Softball team

The generosity is already in action. Many fans brought donations to the game against State Fair on Thursday, March 9.

“Our three Oak Grove players also talked to State Fair to thank them,” says Kankey.

All proceeds will be donated to the Independence Community Services League and will be distributed directly to the residents in need.  Items most in need are canned good and non-perishable items, personal care items (i.e. toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant), gently-used clothing, blankets and grocery store gift cards.  Items can also be donated be dropped off at the softball games at Happy Rock Park or on the MCC-Maple Woods campus at the Campus Life and Leadership Office.