Christmas Bureau ready to brighten holiday for 2,000 households

For Immediate Release
November 13, 2015

Kimberly Wolff, Director of Volunteer Engagement
Phone: 785.273.4804

Christmas Bureau ready to brighten holiday for 2,000 households

 TOPEKA, KAN. (Nov. 13, 2015) – After eight days of accepting applications, the Christmas Bureau is ready to match those in need of a little holiday help with businesses, groups, families and individuals who want to play Santa this year.

Kimberly Wolff, United Way Director of Volunteer Engagement, said the intake process that ran from October 30 through November 7 went smoothly with fairly steady traffic. By the end, 2,003 households had been approved to be matched with an adopter.

Adopting and volunteering through the Christmas Bureau is a great company, church, school and family activity. Individuals as well as groups are encouraged to participate. “We have all sizes of families to adopt, from single elderly individuals living alone to large families. Adopting a single person, which includes a holiday meal and gifts, costs about $55, with $25 going for food and a recommended maximum of $30 for gifts,” Wolff said. “Many times, these folks aren’t even asking for anything more than warm clothes or things that many people would consider necessities.”

Some local businesses and groups of friends make their adoptions a team effort. Employees get together and shop, wrap and deliver gifts. Individuals can create their own “Party with a Purpose” to make adopting affordable. While adopting a single person costs about $55, adopting a family of four could run more than three times that amount. Getting together with friends splits up the costs and adds an element of family and fellowship to the effort. Topeka’s most established Party with a Purpose, which is more than a decade old, is hosted by Connie and Pat Michaelis. Last year their group adopted 45 families thanks to the collaboration of more than 250 participants.

Adoption details can be found at or by calling 785. 581.0241.


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 $110 million into the community.