Adopters Needed for United Way’s Christmas Bureau

Fatima Ouibad, Washburn Review

United Way of Greater Topeka needs adopters for this year’s Christmas Bureau. Approximately 3,000 families will be hoping to be adopted this year.

 Adoptions through Christmas Bureau can happen in a variety of ways. One way is that local nonprofit organizations pull together and adopt a large number of families in need. Some families are adopted by companies, groups, or private individuals. The remaining individuals are made possible through donations to the Christmas Bureau.

 “We are expecting more than 9,000 people total of all ages this year seeking help,” said Tom Baumgartner, director of volunteer engagement for United Way of Greater Topeka. “Every number is expected to be up this year. We anticipate more families and a larger total number of people served. It is expected that the size of individual households will also be greater. When times get tight, households often combine to help share in expenses.”

The Christmas Bureau has been a part of Topeka’s history for the past 71 years thanks to the generosity of hundreds of volunteers. The intake process for families needing assistance will be held from Nov. 2 until Nov. 10 at Let’s Help and the Antioch Family Center.

For more information about how to adopt a family or to be involved email [email protected] or call 785.273.4804