2,500 families register for Christmas Bureau; efforts now turn to adoption

Nov. 18, 2013


Mike McLaughlin, Communications Director | Phone: 785.228.5117 | Cell: 816.591.1592
E-mail: mike.mclaughlin@unitedwaytopeka.org

TOPEKA, KAN. – With 2,500 families registered for the 2013 United Way Christmas Bureau, efforts now turn toward finding companies, churches, non-profits and families to adopt them.

“Each year, a number of organizations step forward to adopt 100 or more families, but following their generous efforts, we still have several thousand families needing help,” said Ryan Gonzales, United Way director of volunteer engagement.

Volunteers are busy matching families with adopters. The volunteers do their best to see that the families receive the items on their wish lists, which often include food, coats, hats and gloves in addition to or instead of toys for children. United Way has a family cost table on its Christmas Bureau web page https://www.unitedwaytopeka.org/work/cb/ to help people determine how large a family they wish to adopt.

Volunteers are already working to match up families with adopters so adopters can contact the families to let them know they have been adopted.

“It’s a comfort to families to know that they have been adopted, especially since parents are more concerned about their children’s Christmas than their own,” said Gonzales.

In addition to adopters, donations are also needed to cover families who are not adopted.

The Christmas Bureau has been brightening the holidays for families since 1941. To adopt a family, visit www.unitedwaytopeka.org and click on the Christmas Bureau banner.

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.