A team of NorthPoint Foundation volunteers—Heather, Ann, Lisa, and Michelle—stepped into Mimi's Kids Pantry with a heart full of enthusiasm and a desire to make a difference. Located just a stone's throw away from Cascone's, this haven for children offers various sections: play areas, crafting zones, reading corners, tutoring spaces, and a well-stocked clothing and supplies pantry downstairs.

Their involvement wasn't just about an afternoon of crafts and stories; it was about engaging with 15 vibrant young minds, aged 3 to 12. Together, they crafted turkey art from paper plates and art supplies, fostering creativity and smiles.

This event was part of a continuum—a weekly commitment to fostering joy and learning. The children not only engage in activities but also get to take home a small toy, a book, and a snack, making each visit a holistic experience.

Beyond their time and creativity, the volunteers extended their support by donating 100 much-needed egg cartons to the food pantry. Recognizing the need for these cartons to complement the fresh egg donations, their contribution aimed to ensure that resources are utilized efficiently to benefit those in need.

The growth of Mimi's Kids Pantry from its construction phase in the spring to a thriving community hub was made possible in part by the earlier financial assistance from the NorthPoint Foundation. Witnessing this evolution only deepened the volunteers' commitment to continue supporting this vital community initiative.

The experience left the volunteers uplifted and eager to return, inspired by the pantry's dedication to serving the Northland community. Their participation in this event wasn't a one-time act; it was a commitment to being part of a continuous narrative of care and support for these children and families.

Natasha Rickel

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Meet our dedicated Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Natasha, a seasoned professional with a flair for strategic brand management and integrated marketing. With an impressive background in spearheading innovative initiatives for the largest privately-held industrial development company in the US, Natasha brings a unique blend of expertise in communications, content creation, and digital strategy. Holding an M.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a focus in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Kansas, Natasha is committed to driving growth and shaping impactful brand narratives. As a board member and active member of KC IABC and the Content Marketing & Communications Manager for NorthPoint Development, Natasha plays a crucial role in our mission to enhancing the lives of children in our communities.