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    #CompassionIsContagiousToo
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  1. Cram A Cruiser

    Cram-A-Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive
    The season for giving is upon us! And with 2020 having been such a challenging year, your generosity is appreciated now more than ever. The Kansas City Police South Patrol Division and 7-11 are holding a Cram-A-Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive Wednesday, December 2. Bring new and unwrapped toys to donate. Enjoy a free coffee or hot chocolate and a candy cane. Get your picture with Blue Santa, local officers and Super Heroes. And brighten up someone else's holidays.   
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  1. Trauma-Informed-Course

    Free Trauma-Informed Online Course
    Starr Commonwealth, a nonprofit focused on "healing trauma and building resilence in children" is offering its online Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools course for FREE (for a limited time).
    A participant from a Kansas City called the course "the most impactful training I have received—it leaves you so hopeful [that] we can undo the damage done to the youngest members of the community."  
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  1. Disaster Distress Helpline

    HELPLINES OFFERING FREE COUNSELING
    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues—with many experts expecting a surge in infections during the fall and winter months—individuals may be facing the loss of not only their health, but also their jobs and homes. With some losing hope, ReDiscover and Show-Me Hope Missouri are teaming up to provide crisis counseling, education and resources in this time of need.  All these services are being provided free and are available anonymously. 
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  1. Just A Speck Of Fentanyl Can Kill You

    Drug Task Force Seizes 3,000 Pills Laced With Fentanyl
    A two milligram dose of fentanyl can be lethal. That’s why the Jackson County Drug Task Force’s seizure of 3,000 pills stamped as OxyContin but laced with fentanyl almost certainly saved lives—and sounded alarms. As COMBAT Director Vince Ortega points out, swallowing a tablet with fentanyl in it “could be every bit as deadly as biting down on a cyanide capsule.” While morphine is 1½ times stronger than oxycodone, the semi-synthetic opioid in OxyContin, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. 
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  1. FUNDING DISTRIBUTION

COMBAT Funding Pie Chart

Half Toward Enforcement

COMBAT is supported through a quarter-center sales tax that Jackson County voters first approved in 1989 and have since renewed multiple times—the last time being in 2016 when they voted (with record 77% support) extending the COMBAT text another nine years. 

The tax generates more than $20 million a year to support prevention, treatment and anti-violence programs. The County Legislature approved a forumlar to distribute the funding, with half the revenue going toward law enforcement efforts.

A quarter-cent sales tax equates to an extra 25 cents per $100 spend. An estimated 30% of COMBAT revenue is generated by non-Jackson County resident paying the tax when shopping in the county.
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  1. #STRIVINTogether

STRIVING Together To Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods

Initiative Focuses On Need For Joint Effort To Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods

This COMBAT initiative brings together school administrators, police officers, elected officials, mental health professionals, social workers, faith-based leaders and concerned citizens to address violence in Jackson County’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. 

With a focus on developing a collaborative, comprehensive and coordinated plan in each “hot spot,” STRIVIN’ recognizes that no one individual or single agency can “save a neighborhood.” It takes working together—striving together—to make any neighborhood a safe place to call home.
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