Published October 31st, 2023 at 11:30 AM3 minute read
With the upcoming holiday season nearly upon us, River Bluff Brewing is celebrating in a competitive yet generous way. The brewery, which has locations in St. Joseph and Kansas City, will be going head to head with itself. Each location will be collecting toys for Operation Breakthrough.
The competition comes into play based on which taproom can collect the most toys. Each brewery is accepting unwrapped toys for kids ranging from newborn babies up to 15 years old. Those toys will in turn be donated to Operation Breakthrough for their holiday store.
Staff members from Operation Breakthrough have been providing Christmas gifts and meals since the early 1990s. Last year more than 1,000 families were served resulting in 3,400 children getting to experience Christmas.
Both River Bluff locations will be accepting toys through Nov 22. The taproom that collects the most toys will receive both bragging rights and a trophy. The best part is no one truly loses. It’s a win for River Bluff, Operation Breakthrough and most importantly the families in need.
Next time you’re headed to River Bluff, make sure to bring an unopened toy to help the kids!
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Alex Andujar is a former beer sales rep turned personal trainer. When he’s not training clients you can find him trying new beers at many of Kansas City’s great local breweries.