400 Christmas Bureau households still need help

Christmas Bureau households remainingFor Immediate Release

December 6, 2018

Kimberly Wolff, Director of Volunteer Engagement
Phone: 785.228.5120
E-mail: kimberly.wolff@unitedwaytopeka.org

Time is short to help more than 400 Christmas Bureau households

TOPEKA, KAN. (DEC. 6, 2018) – United Way of Greater Topeka and all its Christmas Bureau partners and volunteers need the community’s help to help 1,158 more neighbors have a brighter holiday. “The need is great again this year,” said Kimberly Wolff, Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement at United Way of Greater Topeka and coordinator of the Christmas Bureau. “It would be the perfect time for families, groups or co-workers to come together and spread some holiday cheer, especially if they have never adopted a Christmas Bureau family before.”

Here are the stories of just a few of the 400+ households who need the community’s help:

  • Phil is a disabled senior living on his own who just needs the basics of gloves and winter coat, and an umbrella for rainy days.
  • Renee’s family of six includes four brothers and sisters who love family night and just need a little extra help this holiday season.
  • Donna is a disabled senior living alone with her dog. She is asking for a house coat, nightgown and house shoes.
  • Antoinette is a single mom with a teenage daughter. Both could use winter coats, and her daughter would love earbud headphones or a portable speaker.
  • Vernon is disabled and recently returned to Topeka. He works part-time and would truly appreciate some help with basics for his new apartment like spoons and forks, bedding and curtains.
  • Demetria is 37 and lives alone. Her Christmas would be brighter with new curtains, a warm blanket and maybe some candles.
  • When 59-year-old Felix isn’t working, he is his mom’s caregiver. He lives alone and likes to fish, walk and ride his bike when he isn’t taking care of his mother. He would appreciate some new clothes, including jeans, t-shirts and shoes.
  • Silvia’s family of six includes three sons and one daughter. The parents just need winter clothes and shoes. The pre-teen boys would love outdoor equipment like scooters or bikes, and the younger children would enjoy indoor crafts or books.
  • Glenda is 57 and disabled living alone. She would like leggings, bed sheets and maybe a new sweater or sweatshirt.
  • Louis is a quiet gentleman of 73 living on his own. He has asked for a new pair of blue casual pants, some short-sleeve shirts and new socks.
  • Two of Cleotilde and Gabriel’s four children are Pokemon fans and would love some new trading cards. Everyone in the family could use winter clothing or shoes, and Gabriel could especially use overalls for work. This family could really use an adopter who speaks Spanish.

Adoption information and instructions can be found at https://www.unitedwaytopeka.org/work/cb/adopt/ or by calling (785) 228-5120. The table below shows the recommended amounts for each family size. While the goal is to match an adopter with every family, monetary donations do make it possible for volunteers to shop for those who are not adopted. Donations can be made online at UWGTChristmas.org or brought to the United Way office, 1315 SW Arrowhead Road between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.


Family Size 1 person 2 people 3 people 4 people 5 people 6 people 7 people 8 people 9 people
Food Amount
$30 $35 $40 $45 $50 $55 $60 $65 $70
Gift amount
$40 $80 $120 $160 $200 $240 $280 $320 $360
Family Total
$70 $115 $160 $205 $250 $295 $340 $385 $430




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Connected individuals and families maximizing their full potential.


Our Mission:
To achieve positive sustainable change through education, financial stability and health for everyone in our community.


United Way of Greater Topeka brings together donors, volunteers, companies and nonprofits in Shawnee, Jackson and Jefferson counties to create positive sustainable change in our community. Working with impact partners, United Way increases school readiness, supports on-grade achievement, promotes financial literacy and job readiness, and collaborates and advocates for a healthier community. United Way of Greater Topeka also invests in Basic Needs, the foundation that helps us reach our impact goals in education, financial stability and health.


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