Hundreds of local families still need your help this Christmas

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Every year, the United Way's Christmas Bureau teams community members up with thousands of households in need to make the holiday season special for everyone.

"What the Christmas Bureau does is it really empowers the families, that they have a positive Christmas experience for their kiddos, with the generosity of our community,” Kimberly Wolff Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement for United Way of Greater Topeka, said.

Adopters provide a $40 gift for each person in their assigned household.

Many ask for basic items like coats, blankets, socks, hats, gloves, and shoes. Families also get a gift card to a grocery store for a Christmas meal.

With less than two weeks to go, the United Way's Christmas Bureau still has hundreds of households up for adoption.

The goal is to help everyone who applies.

“Total we’ll have just over 1,900 households, which is approximately 6,500 people," Wolff said. "We had hoped to have everybody matched and all their items delivered to them by December 17th.”

Currently, the Christmas Bureau needs adopters for around 500 families.

If you can’t adopt, there are other ways to help.

“If we don't have adopters, we then need donations to come in so that we can either do personal shopping for them and deliver the gifts, or that we send them gift cards so they have something to go out and purchase for their kiddos," Wolff said.

If you would like to adopt a family, call (785) 228-5120, or email United Way.

Donations can be made on their website or brought to the United Way office at 1315 SW Arrowhead Rd. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.