Thank You Christmas Bureau Adopters and Donors!

With just a week to go before Christmas, all households that applied and qualified for Christmas Bureau were officially adopted! Director of Volunteer Engagement Kimberly Wolff, Christmas Bureau Coordinator Bobbi Hines, and Lee Schwartz and the rest of our volunteers worked alongside se2 programmers to take in and process more than 1,900 applications.  Although warm weather and a schedule change for intake seemed to slow the process, coverage from both WIBW and KSNT/KTKA helped bring the final numbers up.

In 2016, you created a brighter Christmas for 6,570 individuals in 1,903 households.

57 volunteers worked intake and data entry and provided more than 900 hours of volunteer work in an 8-week period. Because an hour of Kansas volunteer work is valued at $22.02 an hour, that means these volunteers provided $19,818 worth of work. And this number doesn’t even capture the hours of our language translators and our volunteers who helped match applicants and call adopters when needed.

435 individuals, families or organizations adopted Christmas Bureau applicants

Together, you provided an estimated $343,200 worth of gifts and food in 2016!

Many thanks to Topeka Rescue Mission, which adopted 781 families, allowing them to shop at the Mission’s Christmas store for their families. United Way provided TRM $17,000 in Christmas Bureau funds to help with all adoptions.

Sizes of Households Served

household size



1 437 437
2 265 530
3 304 912
4 339 1356
5 254 1270
6 168 1008
7 76 532
8 30 240
9 14 126
10 8 80
11 6 66
12 0 0
13 1 13