KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBS St. Louis) – The Kansas City Atheist Coalition has been rejected from helping with delivering meals to the poor and elderly on Thanksgiving by a Christian charity organization.
“We are an unapologetically Christian organization, and we always have been,” Julie Larocco, development officer for the Kansas City Rescue Mission, told The Kansas City Star. “We want to share the message with the people we serve that ‘God loves you, and you are not alone.’ It seemed to us that this (atheist) group probably would not want to deliver those meals.”
Two years ago the Kansas City Rescue Mission began delivering meals on Thanksgiving. But this year, the group is including a religious message with every food box and single-serving meal.
In a post on their website, the atheist organization informed members of the group about not being allowed to volunteer.
“They informed us that we “would not be a good fit” (emphasis theirs) for volunteering with them, and declined to respond to any further inquiries. We can only speculate at their motivation behind this,” President Josh Hyde wrote. “The further unfortunate truth of this is that they waited until after we had spent roughly a month trying to get a hold of them to tell us they would not be accepting our offer to help volunteer.”
Larraco said there will be plenty of volunteers to help provide more than 2,000 Thanksgiving meals.
Hyde posted that they are looking for another event to volunteer at for the Thanksgiving holiday.