City of Independence, Missouri

Do you want to build a snowman? Decorate a snowman for George Owens Nature Park and help raise funds for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Families, groups and businesses are invited to decorate snowmen to help raise funds for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity this winter. You can pick up your wooden snowmen at the Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 505 N. Dodgion Avenue, November 1 through December 4 during regular business hours. Snowmen are $10 for families, $25 for groups and $100 for businesses. Decorated snowmen can be dropped off at George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, on December 1, 2, 5 or 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The snowmen will be displayed just in time for the Winter Solstice Hike on December 13 and remain through January 31.

“We are excited to offer a new opportunity for our community to engage with the George Owens Nature Park while giving back to Truman Habitat for Humanity which does so much good for our region,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “I know we will see a great deal of creativity and I look forward to walking the trails to find all of the snowmen.”

Participants are reminded to use outdoor, family appropriate decorations. Food decorations are not allowed and arms can be no longer than 24 inches. For further details and decorating guidelines, please contact Lindsay Browne at (816) 461-6551 or email at 

Funds generated will be used to support Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity’s (THHFH) work in Independence. THHFH was established in 1989 to help families in need to achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through homeownership. Families served have low-to-moderate household incomes and have a demonstrated need for decent and affordable housing. Families partner with THHFH by helping to build or improve their home by providing sweat equity and repaying a zero interest loan. THHFH currently provides five housing-related investment programs: 1) new construction or rehabilitation of single family homes including Habitat mortgage financing for home purchase 3) minor and critical home repair for existing homeowners 4) weatherization measure installation for existing homeowners and 5) financial education and homeowner counseling.  For information on other ways to support THHFH’s mission call (816) 461-6551.