KANSAS CITY - Wearing plenty of green and ample smiles, the Civil Rights Committee of Local UAW 249 set up in a chilly hallway to host a spring bake sale. Topped with green table skirts, shamrocks and glitter, their stand was decorated for St. Patrick’s Day.
Led by Tamara Maxwell, committee chairwoman and metal finisher in Truck Body, the group worked with a Kansas City-area Krispy Kreme to offer a variety of doughnuts to sell. Contributing bakers also donated a multitude of other green-themed goodies including sprinkled cookies, brownies, shamrock-shaped treats and painted cupcakes that resembled leprechauns.
The Civil Rights Committee hosts bake sales throughout the year to contribute to their general fund. Money collected provides scholarships, one for a boy and one for a girl to contribute toward college tuition. The group also funds the “Angel Tree,” a toy drive during the holidays with The Salvation Army to provide toys for children in the Kansas City community.
“It means a lot to me because we feel there are a lot of people who go without, especially kids,” said Maxwell. “I have kids and know that not everyone is able to pay for it all. So we try to help those who need it to get the grades and have an opportunity.”
The committee also is an active contributor to the Rose Brooks Domestic Violence Center of Kansas City. They additionally offered a selection of St. Patrick’s themed T-shirts which were so popular, that they sold out of them before St. Patrick’s Day.
“I really wanted to do something bigger than me and help someone else out,” said Sade Ott of Instrument Panel line in Truck Trim. “That’s why I joined the committee in the first place. It’s good karma.”