Tallgrass Creek's Resident-Run Resale Shop Benefits Local Charities Such as Kids TLC; $10,000 Raised To-Date

Tallgrass Creek's Resident-Run Resale Shop Benefits Local Charities Such as Kids TLC; $10,000 Raised To-Date OVERLAND PARK,KS (February 23, 2012) - Tallgrass Creek retirement community residents in Overland Park, KS, are increasingly donating furniture or household items they no longer need to the community's Treasure Chest, a resident-run resale shop. Proceeds from sale of the items benefit community and local charities such as Kids TLC. Beautiful dining room sets, extra kitchen gadgets, vintage jewelry, and other personal belongings are donated and sold. Treasure Chest volunteers have raised about $10,000 to-date.  They have also donated to the community's scholarship fund, which grants college scholarships to the high school students who work at Tallgrass Creek's on-site restaurant. Sometimes the Treasure Chest Committee has items it is unable to sell. Luckily, the resident volunteers find ways to keep those things from going to waste. Tallgrass Creek formed a partnership with Kids TLC, a Kansas-based agency that provides services and assistance to children who are homeless, victims of domestic violence, or in the foster system. Jeremy Brenneman, Kids TLC's program manager, said the organization helps kids turning 18 and leaving the foster system to live on their own. Brenneman says many of those young adults don't have a lot of support in setting up their own apartments, so donated furniture and household supplies can go a long way in helping them make a good start in a positive direction. "Someone from Tallgrass Creek contacted me and said they had some furniture they wanted to donate," Brenneman said. "I was so pleased I said, 'Could we do this every month?'" Since then, Treasure Chest volunteers have been keeping an eye out for donations they think might be useful to the young adults in the Kids TLC program. For example, the Treasure Chest recently received eight gently used bedspreads that had been used in the guest suites at Tallgrass Creek. Tallgrass Creek, which has nearly 300 residents, is located at 13800 Metcalfe Avenue in Overland Park, KS.