Students from all three Lee’s Summit public high schools rallied for Lee’s Summit Social Services last week during one of the most critical times of the year for the organization.

High schoolers from Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North and Lee’s Summit West collected more than 8,700 pounds of canned food, boxed goods and other supplies for LSSS.

“I am continually amazed at the power and giving spirit of the youth in our community,” Lee’s Summit Social Services Executive Director Matt Sanning said.

“We are in such a critical time of year for what our agency provides to those in need in our communities. This amount of food – collected by these incredibly giving teens – is a massive boost for us as we head into the holiday season.”

LSSS will again feature its Christmas Store this season for families in need. And businesses can sponsor an “Angel Tree” with ornaments representing wish lists for local families as well.

For more information on the Christmas Store or to sponsor an Angel Tree, call 816-525-4357 or visit

“This holiday season is no different than in years past – the need is still here and we want to work to make sure families are able to have the food and clothing they require,” Sanning said.

Lee’s Summit Social Services is an emergency assistance organization that provides financial, food pantry and utility resources to meet the basic needs in the communities of Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana and Lone Jack.