ABOUT US

Red Bags KC and Daniel Jacobs'  Christmas Families Board

 

Ashley Crouch - Red Bag Lady

Donetta Shaner - Red Bag Lady

Donna Crouch Goetz - Red Bag Lady

Jane Dooley - Red Bag Lady

Lauren Dooley Johnson - Red Bag Lady

Stacy Tindell - Red Bag Administrator

Kristen Hilgers - Red Bag Special Event Coordinator

Lori Froeschl- Red Bag Delivery Day Gift Coordinator

 

Oliver Jacobs - son of founder, Daniel Jacobs

Ed Weiser - Project Treasurer

 

Steve Sachs - Red Bag Delivery Day Trucks and Logistics Coordinator

Pat Koury - Red Bag Delivery Day Logistics Coordinator

Michelle and Steve Myers - Red Bag Delivery Day Kitchen Coordinators

Bill and Debbie Gray - Christmas Families Coordinators

Keith Whittaker and Scott Weiser - Christmas Families Delivery Day Logistics Coordinators

 

Red Bag Children By The Numbers:

Since we started keeping totals in 2001, sponsors have filled red bags for 27,840 children in need.

 

In 2020, sponsors filled red bags for 1,652 children and provided Christmas for 32 families..

Red Bags / Christmas Families is a 501 (C) 3 not for profit organization.  Everyone who works on this project is a volunteer. 

The need was born in a tiny, dirt-floor dwelling in rural Edgerton, Kansas.  And the vision took hold in the heart of a humble, kind-hearted man.  In the winter of 1984, Daniel Jacobs drove to western Johnson County to tell a family that KCPL had to cut off their electricity for lack of payment.  He had done it before, and he would need to do it again but this particular family’s plight haunted him.  With Christmas approaching, he knew he had to find some way to help!  Stirred by Daniel’s passion, within eight days his family, friends and co-workers had donated so many gifts and so much food that his garage was overflowing.  That first year, three families were blessed with the magic of Christmas.      

 

After experiencing this measure of generosity from others, Daniel knew he was on to something!  Over the years, his outreach grew.  More and more families were helped—and the garages in his cul de sac were filled to the brim with items for others.

 

A couple of years later, a fortuitous encounter with a social worker inspired Daniel to extend his outreach and the Red Bags portion of Christmas Families was launched.  Foster kids on both sides of the state line became recipients of large red bags stuffed with things they needed such as warm clothing and school supplies and items they longed for like remote-control cars, Barbies and Legos.

 

Thirty-six years later, this grassroots organization continues to bring the spirit of the holidays to more than 50 families and 1500 foster kids every December.  Individuals, faith communities, businesses and organizations look over a child’s wish list, choose the items, shop for just the right things and add the wrapped gifts to the Red Bag for special delivery on Christmas morning.

 

In the words of one sponsor, “Red Bag Delivery day is the day each year when the Christmas Season truly begins for me!  I can’t EVEN IMAGINE a Christmas without this program!”

 

Christmas Families was incorporated as a 501© 3 organization in 1992.  Today it proudly continues as an all-volunteer entity.  With the exception of a handful of hard expenses such as printing and other support materials, 100% of donations are used to buy gifts and food for families and foster children.  Visit redbagskc.com for more information.

 

Sadly, Daniel Jacobs passed away in 2017—but what a legacy he left!  Christmas Families is his gift to us.  We honor his generous spirit each time we adopt a family or foster child and are blessed to help carry on the rich tradition he began.