Register for Christmas Help Before It's Too Late!

Topeka, Kan –Volunteers for the Christmas Bureau worry many families may wait until it is too late to register for assistance.

In contrast to last year, registration for families seeking assistance through the Christmas Bureau will conclude prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Because the 2008 Thanksgiving holiday falls late in November, registration will be over at the end of this week. The bureau closes registration to allow time to process paperwork and locate private adopters in the community.

The final two days of registration will be at the Sweet Building at 622 SW Topeka Boulevard. On Thursday, Nov. 20th, registration will be open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Friday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Christmas Bureau, which is coordinated by the United Way of Greater Topeka, connects private adopters with qualifying families for assistance with food for Christmas meals and gifts.

To qualify for the Christmas Bureau, applicants must earn under certain income guidelines, which are 150 percent above the Federal Poverty Guideline. Proof of income is required along with social security identification for all applicants (please visit the Christmas Bureau online or in person for a complete list of acceptable documents). The registrant is also required to provide a valid form of picture identification.

To adopt a family or donate
Call 2-1-1 anywhere in the state of Kansas at anytime for current adoption contact information.

United Way of Greater Topeka supports 84 different programs, throughout 33 member agencies, and works with individuals, organizations, and businesses who are dedicated to making the community a better place to live, work, play, raise a family and grow old. United Way of Greater Topeka serves the residents of Shawnee, Jefferson, Douglas, Jackson, Osage, Pottawatomie, and Wabaunsee counties. For more information on United Way of Greater Topeka, please visit