*** UPDATE! The United Way now reports that one agency, which had planned to adopt 100 families this year, has returned those families to the Christmas Bureau - saying they would not be able to provide for them after all.
The United Way of Greater Topeka needs help. The agency is trying to find more people who are willing to adopt a family through its Community Christmas Bureau. Nearly 9,000 individuals have asked for help this year, but many of them are still waiting to be adopted. KPR's J. Schafer spoke to the Topeka United Way's Tom Baumgartner (BUM-gartner) to learn more.
That's Tom Baumgartner, the Director of Volunteer Engagement for the United Way of Greater Topeka. He was speaking with KPR's J. Schafer.
Christmas Bureau Hopes to Get Families "Adopted"
About 1,300 families in the Topeka area are still hoping to be adopted through the Community Christmas Bureau this year. The program matches up low-income families with organizations and individuals who are willing to provide them with gifts and food for the holidays. Tom Baumgartner (BUM-gartner) works for the United Way of Greater Topeka, which runs the program.
Nearly 9,000 people in Topeka have asked to be adopted this year, but many remain on the waiting list.