Join us, during the whole month of July, for our 3rd annual "Birthday in July Operation Breakthrough Toy Drive" sponsored by The Jones Girls! Help us make this year the most cheerful one yet!!  In July, stop by Leedy-Voulkos Art Center to make a donation and in return, you will receive a special "thank you" discount towards your next Gallery (10% off) or Gift Shop (20% off) purchase during the month of July. The Leedy Foundation will donate up to 20% of our July proceeds to Operation Breakthrough as well. 

Operation Breakthrough serves more than 700 children in the Kansas City area, provides quality child care for working poor. For many years, the community has stocked the Birthday Closet at Operation Breakthrough with new toys so that every child, from ages 1 to 14, can receive a present on his or her birthday. This kindness makes a big difference for the children and their families. More than 70% of families at Operation Breakthrough are living on earnings of less than $12,000 (before the pandemic). Some children might not receive a gift on their special day without help from the Birthday Closet.


If you would like to help make these children's birthdays special, please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy or book. Especially popular are board games, Legos and other building sets, arts and craft supplies, cars and trucks, footballs, basketballs, science kits, journals, and educational toys for children under age 5. During this pandemic, the families of Operation Breakthrough are also in need of toiletries in the food pantry - hand soap, detergent, dish soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cleaning supplies, toilet paper and diapers. 

We, at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, thought it would be a good idea not only try to raise money and collect toy donations, but also take donations of basic everyday essentials. So during the month of July, we are asking for your help. Although our doors are not open during our regular business hours, we are taking appointments Tuesday - Saturday 11-3 pm. If you would like to help by donating something, please schedule a drop off time; you are welcome to do a quick curbside drop-off or stay for a little while and take time to view the art within our six gallery spaces and shop at our Gift Shop.

As a thank you for your helpful donation, we would like to give you a special sale discount for your next Gallery Art or Gift Shop purchase at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center or online during the month of July:

  • Receive 20% off your Shop purchase and we will donate 20% of our proceeds to Operation Breakthrough.

  • Looking to purchase your next piece of artwork? Enjoy 10% off your gallery art purchase and the Leedy Foundation will donate 10% of our proceeds to Operation Breakthrough. 


And if you would like to make a cash donation, please consider joining our Facebook Event and donating $25 or more to our Facebook Fundraiser, and you will receive a free gift from The Jones Girls, enter to win a Debbie Barrett-Jones Textiles handwoven scarf or your choice AND receive that same "thank you" Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and Gift Shop discount up to 20% off your July purchase online and in the Art Center.

Photos are taken from last year during our 2nd Annual Birthday in July Sale + Toy Drive Donation Party Event. During the toy donation dropoff at Operation Breakthrough, the Jones Girls got to help stock the Birthday Closet shelves along with helping a special Birthday Girl pick out her presents and fill a Birthday bag. 

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center


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