Selected Stories

  1. The Thin Blue Line

    It was Christmas Eve morning, and Tashawn’s family was acting coy.

    Four siblings and their mother, Marquita, looked like they had a secret, but no one shared it with their...

  2. The Pickup Game

    On Christmas Eve, the limousine driver pulled up to the Independence Events Center and parked, telling the Hibbeler family that he needed to make a brief stop from their...

  3. We've Got Faith

    Ever since she was a toddler, Faith Schneider, now 15, has loved the Kansas City Chiefs.

    A family ritual was visiting just one game a year, but splurging on the...

  4. Justice Sotomayor, Elves, and You

    Three things the Parkville teenager noticed at the U.S. Supreme Court:

    Sonia Sotomayor loves to drink coffee. Keeps two silver Thermoses at her elbow.

    She and the other justices are not...

  5. Christmas Outside the Box

    Just a day after Thanksgiving and they already were back at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

    When she heard the doctors tell them that her 13-year-old daughter would probably have to spend...

  6. Paid In Full

    Kirk and Barbara Johnson were never ones to take friends for granted, so they weren’t surprised when friends rallied round following Kirk’s diagnosis of colon cancer.

    Kirk was just 41...

  7. "That's Sooo… Sam"

    Why are there Elves at Christmas?

    “Because the whole world is broken when someone close to you has cancer,” said Kim, a former recipient-turned member of the anonymous organization known...

  8. Emily's Wish

    Emily Hansen of Osawatomie enjoyed a Christmas of a lifetime thanks to the combined magic of a Florida theme park and a group of Kansas elves. The proof of...

  9. The Great Escape

    The mission:

    Get Zachary Marion, 11, out of Children's Mercy Hospital for a few hours on Friday.

    The destination:

    The AMC movie theater on Ward Parkway.

    The goal:

    Watch the hit computer animated movie...

  10. A Helping Hand for Two Mom's

    Some Christmas stories do have happy endings.

    Nubia Cardenas and Allison Adams are two of them from the annals of the holiday diary of a special group of elves from...

  11. A Story of Honor

    Wellsville. Kan — Jim Butler hasn't slept well since his son left for the war.

    His wife, Cindy, has gone to bed. Hours of watching television for news about the...

  12. The Gift of Love

    Avery Noelle Hotchkiss of Gardner will be able to read about her first Noel.

    A 6-year-old Olathe boy delivered a special book to the Gardner 3-month-old. Wearing a velvet green...

  13. Her Father's Daughter

    Up until Christmas Eve, Kristen Aggeler had no idea how her family would raise the money to pay her father’s staggering medical bills.

    Her father was self-employed and has only...