The Kirkwood Call

Four neediest cases

Four neediest cases

Emma Lingo, Sophie Chappell, Claire Boysen, and Kiden Smith

December 4, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

For the third year in a row, TKC has decided to tackle the Four Neediest Cases project, inspired by St. Louis Post Dispatch’s 100 Neediest Cases features. Each holiday season, TKC sends out four staffers to speak with four students at KHS. These students have told TKC about their families' stories...

Four neediest cases: 2011

Four neediest cases: 2011

Sophie Chappell, features writer

December 4, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

2011 brought change to their life. It began with their mother’s death and continued with a move to their aunt’s house in the city. “My mom died when I was 9 years old,” they said. “They were going to put us in foster care, but my aunt didn’t want that so she decided to [have] us [live...

Kirkwood cares for Kirk Care

Kirkwood cares for Kirk Care

Lydia Cohen, web staff

November 30, 2018


Filed under Features

She was at a loss. As a single mom recently diagnosed with cancer, she was struggling to balance funds between daily needs and treatments. Her utility bills were late, and she could not afford to put food on the table for her and her children. With few options left, she turned to Kirk Care. There she received the ai...

A job, a home and open arms

A job, a home and open arms

Thomas Birmingham, news-features writer

January 11, 2017


Filed under Features

*name changed for anonymity About four years ago, Jackson’s* father passed away. Not long after, he was making his home under a highway overpass in Soulard. He did not know what to do. He was desperate, hopeless and needed somewhere to go. After eight months of homelessness, he went to St. Patric...

Bead Relief: the stylish way to save the world.

Bead Relief: the stylish way to save the world.

Anna-Claire Kilcoyne, features writer

December 26, 2016


Filed under Features

As a part of this year’s charity issue, TKC looks at another organization, Bead Relief. Founded by John Gornik and Greg Elias in 2013, Bead Relief is an organization that collaborates with different non-profits to raise money and awareness by selling unique bead bracelets designed by and used to represent each non-pr...

Friends helping friends

Friends helping friends

Abby Carpenter, news writer

December 16, 2014


Filed under Features

Grace Griffin walked into a closet filled with thousands of toys, wall to wall, ceiling to floor. Never losing her smile, she picked out whatever she wanted, forgetting about her cancer, forgetting that she may not feel good. After the North Glendale Elementary student was diagnosed with Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma,...

Greentree branches out

Greentree branches out

Jake Siegel, sports writer

December 16, 2014


Filed under Features

In spring 1977, 18-year-old Tom Ricks, KHS student, walked across the stage to receive his diploma, thinking one day he would be the head of the FBI. He had no idea at 55 he would be the lead pastor of Greentree Community Church (GTCC). Twenty years after graduation, Tom and his wife Cindy founded...

The ALS Association- Patients are People

The ALS Association- Patients are People

Julia Wunning-Zimmer, opinions writer

November 7, 2014


Filed under Features

Although 1.9 million new donors, according to alsa.org, only know of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) from the viral Ice Bucket Challenge, Rose Bruemmer has become well-acquainted with the disease. Craig Bruemmer, her husband, and Rose first met when she was working as a physical therapist, helping peo...

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