Christmas Bureau Wants People to Sign Up

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So far this year 1,300 families have signed up to be adopted, that's half as many as last year. Volunteers say while the numbers are down, the need is not.

It's Katelyn's first Christmas. Her brother, Justin, is pretty experienced with the holiday. For the past two years, the Christmas Bureau has been a part of their family.

"A lot of kids wouldn't have toys if they weren't here, and we really appreciate that," said Amiee Jones.

Just knowing someone is there makes all the difference for Cheryl Battles. Without the Christmas Bureau, the holiday wouldn't be the same, "Tough. Bad. I just lost my mom," said Battles.

Volunteers know there are more families, like the Battles, that need their help. Now they're just trying to get them to sign up.

"We are concerned because a number of people have not thought about Christmas and have not come in, and we only have four more days. So we're quite concerned that some people will be forgotten and won't be able to have Christmas," said Judy Neher with the Christmas Bureau.

For the Jones, Katelyn's first Christmas will be full of gifts under the tree, "What I love about Christmas is seeing the kids smile," said Jones.

If you'd like to sign up just go to the Sweet Building at 622 SW Topeka Boulevard, bring proof of income and government ID for each family member. You can go on the following days:

November 17 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
November 20-21 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
November 27-28 9:00 am - 4:00 pm