TOPEKA -- Thousands of good girls and boys of all ages are hoping they make Santa’s 2012 Christmas Bureau list.
The Christmas Bureau has been connecting generous adopters with people in need since 1941. In its inception, 445 families were adopted. In 2011, the number of families assisted was 2,900. Over 9,000 men, women and children were adopted through a combination of private adoptions by individuals, church groups, and companies; and through collaboration with a myriad of community partners including: Salvation Army, Doorstep, Topeka Rescue Mission, Let’s Help and others.
“The impact of Christmas Bureau on our community is amazing,” said Miriam Krehbiel, United Way of Greater Topeka president and chief executive officer. “Everyone wins, from the family in need who is hoping for a Christmas miracle to the adopters who gain the joy of giving back.”
At its core, Christmas Bureau is made possible by hundreds of volunteers who work together to make little miracles happen all throughout our community.
“Some of our volunteers are with us months in advance working to improve the Christmas Bureau experience for everyone,” said Tom Baumgartner, United Way of Greater Topeka volunteer engagement director. “Our volunteers put in countless hours planning, helping families register, matching adopters to adoptees and wrapping presents. Our volunteers even help train other volunteers. It truly brings out the best in people.” Most of our volunteer opportunities are about 4 hours in duration.
Volunteers rank high on Tom's wish list. Dozens of volunteers are still needed to assist with the intake process, which begins Friday, November 2nd at the Antioch Family Life Center (9:00am to 1:00pm) and Let’s Help (3:00 till 7:00)
Intake ends on Saturday, November 10th. Data Entry for the Christmas Bureau happens at Let’s Help in their computer lab and runs from November 5th through 13th. Shifts for Data Entry are from 1-5 P.M. or 5 to 8 P.M. during the week and 9-Noon and Noon-3 on Saturday November 10th.
To become a volunteer go to www.Unitedwaytopeka.org or contact Tom Baumgartner at 273-4804, extension 113.