Tuba Christmas was founded by Harvey Phillips, a Missouri native, more than 30 years ago. It brings tuba and euphonium players together once a year to play a concert of traditional holiday songs for the season.
The Johnson County Christmas Bureau, has opened its doors to their annual Holiday Shop at the Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe, KS. This is their 50th year creating a shopping experience for low income families around the holidays.
Director Barb McNeil says that “Poverty” and “Johnson County” aren’t words often heard in the same sentence, they should be. Though the population in Johnson County grew by 2% last year, the number of families below the poverty line grew by 64%.