Christmas Bureau kick-off set for Oct. 22 at Pine Ridge

For Immediate Release
Oct. 18, 2013
Mike McLaughlin, Communications Director | Phone: 785.228.5117 | Cell: 816.591.1592

WHAT: Kick-off for 72nd year of the Christmas Bureau. Sign up to adopt, volunteer or donate
at Intake of families needing help runs Nov. 1-9 at Let’s Help and Antioch Center. Volunteers match adopters with families in the hope that adopters will contact their family by Thanksgiving so that families will know they will have gifts for children this year.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22

WHERE: Main preschool classroom at Pine Ridge Preparatory Academy, 1110 SE Highland (in Pine Ridge Manor)

WHO: Topeka Housing Authority hosts the kick-off. United Way Board Chairman Kent Townsend and United Way president and CEO Miriam Krehbiel will speak. The preschoolers will have a chance to visit with Santa Claus and receive a small gift. The students have handdecorated “Pine Ridge” pine cone Christmas tree ornaments which they will present to the United Way to decorate its Christmas tree.

WHY: Since 1941, the Christmas Bureau has been brightening the holidays for families in need.

  • There is a great need for adopters as nearly 3,000 families are expected to register for assistance.Churches and companies often adopt large numbers of families.
  • Individuals and families are needed to adopt those in need.
  • Volunteers are needed to help register families and match them with adopters, serve as shoppers and help deliver gifts.
  • Donations are needed as families who are not adopted receive gift cards.


United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve
the overall health of our community. United Way remains dedicated to Basic Needs including food, shelter, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence.

For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $105 million into the community.