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What is a Meeple-A-Thon?

Meeple-A-Thon KC is a once-a-year, family-friendly, board game marathon—benefitting Hillcrest Platte County’s Young Adult Housing Program.

Meeple-A-Thon 2021 will feature tournament events such as Warhammer 40k, Freeblades, Magic: The Gathering, etc. In addition, there will be various interactive activities such as the “Paint and Take” table, an available gaming library to choose from, open play tables, local vendors to visit, and more.

Meeple-A-Thon will also host the “Game for Change” annual charity raffle.

Meeple-A-Thon is a 24 Hour Event on October 22, 6 p.m. – October 23, 6 p.m.

It benefits Hillcrest Platte County Young Adults and is Organized by David Seim

The Creation of Meeple-A-Thon. David’s Story.

About five years ago, Hillcrest Platte County was contacted by The Platte County R3 School District and was asked to meet a need for a student that had no place to stay. What HPC had found was an increased number of homeless 17–24-year-olds. Because of this, Hillcrest Platte County was going to start the remodeling process for turning some of the apartments into dormitories. Given my own past, I decided to create this little event called Meeple-A-Thon, where we would play board games for 24-hours and raise money to help with the remodeling process.

Previous Meeple-A-Thon Events

The first year, we had a couple of weeks to plan and made $700. The next year, we had all year to plan and made $5,000. In the third year, we got some volunteer help with the event and raised $12,900. Last year was COVID-19, we went virtual but still raised $5,000. This year, I am so excited about the full potential of what we are able to do.

Where does the passion come from?

Why do I have passion for this? When I was 17, I left the house I was living in. It wasn’t a healthy environment and I moved in with my sister for a bit; then I found myself moving around from place to place. I didn’t really have a set place to live so I can understand and relate with these kids who are aging out of foster care, or just kids that find themselves in a bad situation and homeless, looking for a way to get their lives on track. That is why I created this event and why I’m passionate about the young adult housing here at Hillcrest Platte County.

Why Board Games?

Board games in general—I like the people, I like playing with my friends. There are moments where of course it’s fun, but it’s also a great excuse to have a weekly night where you are with your friends or family. Phones are usually put away, so you’re dealing face to face with people around a table and you’re having conversations. You’re sharing food and stories about your week, instead of just reading about it in a text or on a Facebook post. You’re having face-to-face interaction with people and I like that. I like that.

David Seim








No ordinary thrift stores

Hang out long enough at any of our HPC-Thrift shops, and you will find that these are no ordinary thrift operations. Staff and volunteers meet together each week to ban together and make available to the public the seemingly endless influx of donations that come from local supporters daily. A real melting pot if you will, of young and old, wealthy and poor, weak and strong, educated and uneducated individuals, as diversified a group demographically, dynamically, and personality-wise, you’ll ever see in one place.

But what makes these stores even more unique are the connections you see happening as our “peeps” engage with one another, the shoppers, and even our HPC program participants. It is notOne of the thrift stores that Hillcrest offers the public uncommon to have managers coaching our young entry-level employees and community service workers after hours on life skills. Most every day, a widow is looked after or considered to care for if need be. Birthdays are recognized every month, flowers are sent to funerals of lost ones, food is given freely, and cool drinks of water are offered daily in Christ’s name.

God is alive and well at our  thrift stores

I’ve watched volunteers pool money together to help an employee. I have seen employees do the same for volunteers and observed outreach to volunteers, employees, and shoppers alike, troubled with health conditions, offering support and prayers. There is an awareness to look out for others and execution of that care, that when witnessed, leaves you with a deep sense that God is alive and well at our thrift shops.

Our thrift shops have become a beacon of generosity and care throughout Platte County. Community partners call on us regularly to help those they run across who need clothing or beds. Prayer warriors frequently lift prayers for our staff, volunteers, widows, family members, customers, and program participants. Yes, God is alive and well. His movement throughout HPC is obvious, evident, anticipated, and even expected! He has brought together people for His purpose, for not only helping those less fortunate but for reconciling His people back home to Him. Who would’ve thought He would use our thrift shops in such a manner.

No, these are no ordinary thrift stores.

by Lou Warner

Lou is the Director of Thrifts for all of the Hillcrest Thrift Stores. 

From the Outside Looking in

Stop for a moment and picture the face of homelessness. Is the picture in your mind someone who works two jobs? Do you see a loving wife and the mother of three children? Does your picture show a twenty-two-year-old working towards a goal to graduate from college?