Christmas Bureau Stories

Christmas Bureau is a way for our community to lend a hand to individuals and families who might otherwise go without during the holidays. These are just a few stories from previous years.

Single mother battling stage three cancer. I have a 2-year-old girl and a baby on the way and I’m not ready. I go to school and work but it is not enough. Asking for baby stuff, household items, size 8 adult sneakers, dolls, clothes and bath items for 2-year-old.

Female disabled and formerly homeless veteran who received help with housing from the VA. Now I’m trying to put my life back together. I volunteer three days per week at Habitat for Humanity. Asking for a flannel night gown, boots or a KU hoodie or shorts.

Single mother raising four children, one which is disabled and one that is diabetic. My son is a special needs kiddo. We almost lost him 6 months ago due to a medical condition. Since then he has had 7 surgeries, with the next one in two weeks. By the grace of God we will be together this Christmas which is best Christmas blessing a mother could ask. Anything else we may receive is just the goodness of God. Asking for Towels, Tupperware, toilet paper, clothes, twin bedding and shoes.

Young single mother whose child was born prematurely and given little chance for survival but has lived long past expectations and is now a year old. It is hard to support myself and my child with the money I make. I only want for my baby to have a great Christmas. Asking or toys, a playpen, a boppy, clothes and diapers. Mother would like sheets, a house coat or a hat.

Two years ago I had an accident at work and suffered a permanent disability. Workmen’s comp ended a year ago and I am left with a back injury. Our baby was born prematurely at 25 weeks and has problems with lungs, heart and slow mobility. Asking for pajamas, robe, activity books, movies and soft doll for baby.

Single mother raising four children, one which is disabled and one that is diabetic. My son is a special needs kiddo. We almost lost him 6 months ago due to a medical condition. Since then he has had 7 surgeries, with the next one in two weeks. By the grace of God we will be together this Christmas which is best Christmas blessing a mother could ask. Anything else we may receive is just the goodness of God. Asking for Towels, Tupperware, toilet paper, clothes, twin bedding and shoes.

I am recently unemployed and have my daughter and grandkids living with me. Asking for kitchen items, Legos and hot wheels, Barbie dolls, hair stuff, diapers and wipes.

I am a mother to two beautiful girls. I was not able to finish school and times are hard. I may not have a lot to give but everything I do have goes to them. We would greatly appreciate your adoption.

I was working at a local fast food restaurant but have lost my job. This was a real setback from all of the progress I made this past year. Being between jobs has been very hard for my family. I would like to thank you in advance for the help you give. Asking for kitchen knives, pillows, drinking glasses, bath towels, wash cloths, dinner plates.

My husband will be laid off from late November through the first of the year. We are worried about bills but want to make sure our two girls have a good Christmas. Asking for clothes, toys, inexpensive CD player, pots and pans, dishes and towels.

My wife and soulmate died in 2010 and my sons moved me here from Tennessee. I am I am a retired fireman and minister. I love putting together models and go to the Pace Center to be with people my age. Asking for model car or truck, socks and long johns.

I am on disability and caring for three children since my sister-in-law passed away and the children’s father is in jail. Asking for clothes, baby dolls, remote control car and gift cards.

We are a struggling family of six. My husband has a degree but we are having trouble finding work in his field. We appreciate any help we receive. Asking for household cleaners, candles, tools, clothes, family board games, Monster High dolls, dress up clothes, Spiderman toys.

I am a single woman, age 67, with no family. I am low-income. It was so nice receiving a Christmas gift last year. I was very excited and happy.

Mother went downstairs to go to work with husband in July and found him passed away. Grief over loss plus stress of raising two teenagers makes life very difficult. Asking for bed spread and sheets, heavy socks, make up set or jewelry for daughter, belts, jeans or bedding for son.

Family of five. Mother is only one working but has been off a lot due to problems with feet and circulation due to diabetes. Asking for pots and pans, towels and wash cloths, queen size blanket set, boxers, socks and tank tops, cologne or perfume for kids, inexpensive ear phones or MP3 players.

My children and I have had a rough year with everything we owned being stolen from our home. My children have no toys to play with and it makes me very sad. Asking for queen size sheets, hygiene products, pants and toys for three children.