One City raises more than $48K at 2nd Annual Christmas at the City

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – It was a magical Saturday night as 25 beautifully decorated Christmas trees illuminated One City and brought people from all corners of the community together.

This special event, known as Christmas at the City, raises money for the organization to continue its mission of bridging gaps in the community and uniting the city through resources, relationships, and community development. 

A total of $48,213 was raised for One City.

“It’s going to the people we get to help,” One City Executive Director Taylor Smith said. “We have so many people that walk through our yellow doors that we have the privilege of serving all year long, and this is what that money is for. It’s to help us be able to ensure that we keep getting to help people in our community and serve them.” 

As part of Christmas at the City, each of these unique trees was auctioned off, and an orchestra filled the air with holiday tunes. 

Just as much as it is One City’s event, it is the community’s event. 

“It really shows the community’s participation,” Work Life and Community Coordinator MaKenya Owens said. “Everything we’ve done tonight was sponsored or donated, and so people really step up when they see an organization working for a good cause.” 

One City’s Work Life Program teaches people job skills and job readiness. 

Owens said watching the progress of the people who transform their lives for the better is the greatest joy she has as the Work Life and Community Coordinator. 

“It’s really awesome to get to see where they are at the beginning of our program, and to walk with them that whole time and to see where they are at the end of the program, and to see them be proud of themselves,” she said. “I think that’s the best part is just seeing them be proud of themselves and just being beside them even in the hard parts of that.” 

Smith extended a thank you to everyone who made this night a possibility and, thus, helped them in their mission.

“For the community, thank you for coming behind us as one city and helping to ensure that we get to continue to change the lives, alongside Jesus, of the people who walk through our yellow doors,” she said.

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