Charlie Hustle Kansas City wants to pay the family’s rent

Kansas City, Mo. – A local company is hoping to keep Kansas City families in need from being evicted this winter. They want to pay their rent or mortgage for a few months, but the deadline to apply is already there.

Charlie Hustle says they are just giving back to the community that has given so much to them. They also believe that anyone can be in the business of giving back.

The campaign is called 1K for KC. Charlie Hustle is stepping outside of the popular heart t-shirt to provide for families in need through the Heart for KC Foundation.

“It was the biggest relief of our lives,” Anna Saunders said.

Saunders, a bartender in Westport and her husband, a local farmer, lost their jobs in 2020. Both worked in industries hit hard by the pandemic.

“We both just don’t have jobs. It was shocking,” Saunders said. “We’ve both always worked hard and always had money for bills and life and that safety net, and we didn’t, and it was the scariest moment of our lives.”

Anna Saunders and family (Courtesy Saunders family)

It was even more terrifying because they had three mouths to feed, children who depended so much on their mother and father. Christmas was around the corner; presents it out of the question because you have to pay the mortgage.

That’s until the 1K Charlie Hustle for KC Campaign came to the rescue.

“The impact can last generations,” said COO of Charlie Hustle Clothing Co. Greg Moore. “It’s very important to us.”

Moore said that year, the foundation raised $360,000 to help 120 families with three months’ rent, some facing eviction.

“Three months can provide a few nights when you can actually sleep,” Saunders says, “which makes a big difference when you’re tossing and turning every night.”

Now Charlie Hustle is bringing the campaign back this year.

“We’re all still struggling, everyone in Kansas City. We still have people who need our help,” Moore said.

Saunders is grateful to the people and companies who donated.

“It keeps us together, right?” Saunders said.

Sponsors can still donate during the next few months. But for now, it is deadline to nominate a family is Sunday October 23.

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