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Young lawyers collaborate to support Operation Breakthrough

On Dec. 14, members of The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section partnered with the Lawyers Association of Kansas City Young Lawyers’ Section to support the annual Santa’s Snow Ball event benefitting Operation Breakthrough, a charity organization built to serve impoverished families.  

This year’s Snow Ball included a holiday meal, gifts, balloon twisters, and time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The two YLS groups provided funding for the event and volunteered to serve meals, pour drinks, and wrap and hand out gifts to the families. 

“It is always a moving experience to watch the space fill up with excited children,” Danielle Atchinson, chair-elect for Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section Council and LAKC-YLS president, said. “These young lawyers are proud to create a space for these families to be served and experience a little extra holiday cheer!” 

LAKC has hosted this event with local area housing shelters for many years and recently started working with Operation Breakthrough. This year, around 400 children and family members were able to attend – increasing last year’s guest list by 25%.  

“2023 marks another year of giving back to the Kansas City community and spreading holiday cheer,” Kelly Wiegel, committee chair for the event, said. “We look forward to our 2024 Santa’s Snowball partnership with Operation Breakthrough. Giving back is the reason for the holiday season.”