Providing Warmth and Sustenance to Low Income Families for Over 50 Years

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CLIENTS ARE APPRECIATIVE

Dear Friends,
I wanted to thank you for all you’ve given our family this year. Our boys (ages 1 & 3) loved all the gifts provided by all those who donated and you have filled our cabinets with food which will help us spread our money. We are so thankful that God provided for us through you.

To Johnson County Christmas Bureau,
Johnson County Christmas Bureau is an exceptional, extraordinary organization. I will always remember and be eternally thankful for the generosity and kindness bestowed upon my family through this AMAZING program. My shopping experience was AWESOME, the volunteers professional and the event extremely well organized. Thank you to everyone who selflessly and graciously devoted valuable time and resources to ensure me and my children could celebrate a very special, memorable X-mas.
Thank you for everything!
Eternally grateful…

Dear Volunteers at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau,
Thank you for giving of your time. The help my family received from your organization this Christmas season is greatly appreciated. This was the 1st year my family has been in the circumstances where we needed the help. And this experience has “opened my eyes” to how great the people are in this community. I’m used to being on the giving side of the equation, and being on the receiving side of that equation this year has been humbling. It just makes me want to give even more!
Merry Christmas!

 

NURSING HOME RESIDENTS ARE TOUCHED  

We will be extremely happy with whatever you have to offer. We enjoy working with you all each year to make our residents Christmas a good one. I don’t know if you all realize how amazing you all are but I know for a fact that you touch many lives. A lot of the time residents become upset and depressed during this time of year but because of all your acts of kindness it makes this time of year a lot more bearable. So from the bottom of my heart and the hearts of my residents thank you so much.

 

DONORS FEEL GOODEmma Note

Dear Johnson County Christmas Bureau,

We are seventh grade students in the gifted and talented program at Mission Valley Middle School in the Shawnee Mission School District. During this holiday season we got the idea to raise as
much money as we could because we feel many children in our very own community deserve the same comforts we are afforded during Christmas and Chanukah, or, really, any time of the year. After a successful bake sale and donut sale, as well as working odd jobs and babysitting, we are able to donated $156.56 to help children of all ages who come to your organization get an extra boost of love and support. We hope that the money we have enclosed will do as much good as possible. Please use it the best way you can think.
Thank you.
In the spirit of giving,
Maggie, Ben, Peter, Mackenzie, Hannah, Asia, Leo, Katie, Hunter, Sam, Elle and Rebecca

 

VOLUNTEERS GIVE BACK WHILE RECEIVING

Finding Holiday Joy at Christmas Bureau

by Sakshi Mahajan in “As I See It,” The Kansas City Star

To be honest, I had never imagined that my favorite part of the holiday season would be the Johnson County Christmas Bureau when I signed up to work one weekend.

I had thought it would be yet another community service opportunity that I would greatly enjoy, but nothing special.  I was quickly proved wrong. I had absolutely no expectations going into the Christmas Bureau, making me all the more surprised by my attachment to the people I met.

Each family that came in was different. I saw everyone from an 18-year-old single mom to a grandmother bringing her 40-year-old daughter with disabilities and grandchildren. The faces of the children read innocence and a certain longing that I find hard to explain. Just one book would make these children smile for hours, and I found myself humbled.  All the things that I had taken for granted my whole life were gifts to these people.

I had never realized how lucky I was until I visited the Christmas Bureau.

These were some of the sweetest people that I had ever met. They had been through such harsh circumstances, but so many stayed so pure. It broke my heart, but also gave me a sense of hope. I had faith that people really were good, despite what they went through.

One of my favorite clients told me that it was her goal to work at the Christmas Bureau next year instead of having to come in as a client.

The Christmas Bureau has become my favorite part of the holidays because it is my way of giving back. To me, working at the Christmas Bureau is a reward. It is the feeling that I get in the bottom of my heart and the smile that I cannot rub off my face, and I can honestly say that I am so thankful to be part of the Johnson County Christmas Bureau.

Our Mission

Our Mission

We have a three part mission to: provide warmth and support, during the winter holiday season, to low-income Johnson County families; increase awareness and understanding of poverty in Johnson County; and give neighbors an outlet to help neighbors. Read More

Who We Help

Who We Help

We help our Johnson County neighbors who live below 150% of the poverty level. The neighbors living in poverty are moms, children, the clerk at the store, and others we interact with every day. Learn More

How We Help

How We Help

We provide warmth and support to low-income Johnson County families at the Holiday Shop and through nursing homes. Read More

Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteer sign-up for the Holiday Shop opens October 1. Over 3,000 volunteer slots need to be filled. Location: 9701 Metcalf (former Sears store). Volunteer for the 2017 Holiday Shop

We are a grass roots agency that gives generous souls the opportunity to give to others. JCCB provides holiday assistance each year to 10,000-12,000 low-income residents of Johnson County, Kansas. Yes - There is poverty in Johnson County, Kansas.

Poverty

If poverty were a city, it would be the fifth largest city in Johnson County.

34,000

34,000 Johnson County residents live below the federal poverty level.

Who is Poor

Children and Youth represent 1/3 of the poor.

Donate

Donate

Funds and in-kind donations are needed in order to help our neighbors. Please consider donating. Donate

Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors & Partners

Thank you to all of our sponsors, grantors and community partners. Please take a moment to see who are our sponsors, grantors and partners. Sponsors-Grantors-Partners

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees is a display of uniquely decorated holiday trees and wreaths sold at silent auction. Proceeds help provide warmth and support to over 10,000 low-income Johnson County neighbors. Learn More

Newsletter

Newsletter

Our monthly newsletters have a lot of information about our activities, committees, and events. Read Our Newsletters

The Holiday Shop and What We Give Our Neighbors

The Holiday Shop

The Holiday Shop. December 1-9, 2017. Set up days to be announced. To volunteer click the word volunteer. 

GROCERIES

Every family visiting the Shop receives enough food for the entire family to have fully balanced nutritional meals for three days. Please consider running a food drive to help our neighbors. 

COATS

Every client who needs a warm winter coat receives a coat. Imagine not having a winter coat for your child on a cold winter day. 

TOYS

A toy for all children. We try to obtain educational toys that are manipulative and promote literacy. Children without educational toys are at a disadvantage when starting school. 

PERSONAL CARE

Diapers. Toothbrushes. Tooth Paste. Hygiene products. Soap and shampoo. Toilet paper and paper towels. Imagine not being able to stay clean, not having toilet paper and/or not having clean diapers. 

A GIFT FOR ALL

We distribute gifts for children, teenagers and adults. Often it is the only holiday gift a child receives. Many mom’s cry when they find out their child will receive a gift this year.

HATS, GLOVES AND SCARVES

One of each for every child of each family we help. Many of these items are knitted by volunteers. A true neighbor helping neighbor experience. 

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING

We give a new outfit to our client’s children. Many of these children will not receive any other new clothing this year. All clothing is new. 

BOOKS

We have books for all members of all of our families. Each family gets to select books that interest them. Childrens’ books are important to cognitive development. 

NURSING HOMES

Nursing home residents on medicaid, who are not receiving assistance from their own families, receive items such as lap blankets, sweaters, slipper socks, walker bags and more.

Testimonial

“I want to express my gratitude for what you have done for me through the Christmas Bureau. I have no close family left. That’s why I am so grateful for your Christmas Bureau. Last year you helped me find a light jacket that fit me and I wear it around the house ALL the time. That way I can keep the heat lower. This year I got another jacket that fit, and I am so happy about that. I sincerely appreciate your volunteers that helped me find the foods that I wanted and could eat. Your volunteers were so helpful, cheerful and kind. I know some people don’t recognize that there is poverty in Johnson County. There, however, are people like me. You are SO important to SO many people!! Thank you, one and all, for your kindness and your caring.”

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Lenexa, KS 66285-4786

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