Original Party With a Purpose adopts 45 families — Three new “parties” start in 2014

For Immediate Release Dec. 10, 2014

UNITED WAY CONTACT: Lillian Moss, Communications Assistant
Phone: 785.273.4804 | E-mail: lillian.moss@unitedwaytopeka.org

Original Party With a Purpose adopts 45 families  — Three new “parties” start in 2014

TOPEKA, KAN. – With 401 families (as of Dec. 10) still hoping to be adopted, Friday’s (Dec. 12) Party With a Purpose is once again doing its part by adopting 45 families. Party With a Purpose was established by Connie and Pat Michaelis with the idea of sharing the Christmas season by giving back to the community and having fun with their friends.

What started with only four couples has now grown into more than 250 participants who adopted 38 families last year. The only way to grow Party With a Purpose is to get more people involved and with Party With a Purpose nearly outgrowing its current location at Christ the King Church, the Michaelis’ are hoping that more people will start a party on their own.

“Getting your neighbors or your church together to do a Party With a Purpose is a great way to spend the evening,” said Connie Michaelis.

Three new groups have already committed to doing a Party With a Purpose in Topeka, in addition to the four others that have branched out from the Michaelis’ party and are now doing parties in places as close as Kansas City and as far away as Colorado Springs.

Creating your own Party With a Purpose is a great opportunity for those who can’t afford to adopt a family on their own. Adopting a single person is about $55 whereas adopting a family of four could run you $160. Splitting that cost with the friends in your party could end up making it very affordable to adopt a family.

“It’s about everybody coming together. When it’s bigger you make a bigger impact,” Connie said.

For more than 70 years The Christmas Bureau has made Christmas brighter for countless children. For instructions and materials on how to start your own Party With a Purpose as well as more information on Christmas Bureau visit www.unitedwaytopeka.org/christmas.



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