During the month of September, a local foundation is collecting movies and money to buy more for the Ronald McDonald Houses in Joplin and Kansas City.

The Christopher Foundation – based in Neosho – announced their project for this month because September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“It is to help provide entertainment to the kids and families while they are going through treatment,” said Cathy Cooley with the foundation. “We hope to be able to help a different location every year.”

This is the second year that the foundation has collected movies during the month of September.

“For this drive, we would like to have new DVDs rated PG-13 and under,” she said. “We can also accept money donations. Any money donated during September will be used to purchase DVDs for Cinema September. Last year with the DVDs and money collected, we were able to deliver around 240 movies.”

This is the first year they have collected for the Ronald McDonald Houses.

“Last year, we collected for the new bone marrow unit at Children's Mercy Hospital (in Kansas City), it was set to open in December of last year,” Cooley said. “These kids spend their time in many different places, some in the hospital, clinics, Ronald McDonald House, and various other places. You want to keep them entertained to help pass the time and it can help with keeping a positive attitude. This year, we chose the Ronald McDonald Houses. When families of children with cancer are being treated, most of the time, they have to travel a long way for treatment and the Ronald McDonald House is a great place for those families to stay while they are being treated. It is a ‘home’ away from home. By helping them build their DVD library, those families can have some movies to watch after a long day in the hospital, clinic, radiation, wherever they had to be that day. It can be a good way to unwind or a great distraction for everyone.”

Once the drive is complete, the foundation will deliver them. They have made arrangements with the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City and soon will make arrangements with the Joplin location.

“The recipients are always very happy because they know that it is really going to help the families that they are there for,” Cooley said. “We are so thrilled to be doing this again this year and are looking forward to seeing how many movies we can help provide for these houses. We are always so amazed and humbled to see how the four state communities reach out and support the kids and their families. We feel very blessed to be a part of such great communities. Thank you to everyone for all you do.”

DVDs can be dropped off at all Southwest Missouri Bank locations, both New-Mac locations (Neosho and Anderson) and Joyful Journeys in Neosho. Donations can also be mailed to Christopher Foundation, P.O. Box 717, Neosho, 64850.

For more information, please call 451-1434 or 389-4415.