Mike Lane and John Maloney unload a trailer full of items donated to the Grandview Assistance Program. Photo by Kathy Feist

A Grandview Christmas surprise

“GAP helps a lot of people and we want to be a part of that.”

By Kathy Feist

Mike Lane, owner of the non-profit Auto Donation Center, surprised Grandview Assistance Program Executive Director John Maloney on Tuesday, December 20, with a trailer full of donated food items for the local food pantry. “I’m very grateful for this,” said Maloney. “We just provided 150 families with a full Christmas dinner here, so our shelves are a little bare.”  

Lane showed up unexpectedly at 9:30 am at the GAP headquarters at 1121 Main St. in Grandview.  Soon volunteers were helping unload over $4000 worth of grocery items purchased at Sam’s Club by the Auto Donation Center and its nonprofit partner Wounded Warriors. 

Mike Lane, who operates the nonprofit Auto Donation Center, (left) surprised GAP Executive Director John Maloney with a truckload of donated food items December 20. Photo by Kathy Feist

“People in Kansas City donate their cars to us all year long,” said Lane. “This is just one of the programs we do to give back to the community and the generosity they give us.” 

GAP is a nonprofit that serves the citizens of Grandview and the Grandview school district, which encompasses Martin City. The organization provides emergency assistance, a monthly food pantry, rent and utility assistance, an annual holiday store, school supplies for children, and homeless prevention services. 

“GAP helps a lot of people and we want to be a part of that,” said Lane.


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