County Christmas Bureau set for Dec. 6 opening at Great Mall

The Johnson County Christmas Bureau opens the doors to its annual Holiday Shop beginning Friday Dec. 6 through Saturday Dec. 14 in the donated space of the former Marshall’s, Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20090 W. 151st St in Olathe, Kan.

By appointment, more than 13,000 low-income Johnson County residents will select groceries, personal care items and household supplies, children’s clothing, gifts and toys, books, winter coats plus hats and gloves that will provide sustenance and warmth for the holidays and the new year.

JCCB’s goal this year is to serve 13,000 individuals from 3,600 families plus 700 nursing home residents.  120 donation barrels are located throughout Johnson County and are available for donations from the public to help stock the Holiday Shop.  Visit www.jccb.org for a list of sites.

The most needed items include: (all new EXCEPT for gently used coats/books)

  • Coats – all sizes from infant to large-size adult
  • Groceries – canned fruits & vegetables, packaged dinners, flour, sugar, peanut butter
  • Personal Care – shampoo, bath/laundry/dishwashing soap, personal hygiene items
  • Teen Gifts – sports balls, sleeping bags, small electronics, arts and crafts
  • Gloves, hat and scarf sets
  • Adult Gifts – small appliances, sheet sets, blankets, tools
  • Toys – backpacks, educational toys, building sets, toddler toys
  • Toddler-sized pants
  • Monetary donations and gift cards

To view a complete list of needed items, visit www.jccb.org.

Founded 53 years ago as an Adopt-A-Family program by the Shawnee Mission Chapter of the American Association of University Women, the Holiday Shop format began in 1977.  Johnson County has a reputation for affluence, but its level of poverty is rising along with the number of families seeking holiday assistance from JCCB.

JCCB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-denominational United Way safety net agency. Clients are pre-qualified and referred by a wide range of organizations including Kansas Dept. of Children & Families, Johnson County Human Services, Johnson County Mental Health, Johnson County Health Dept., Catholic Community Services, Jewish Family Services, senior housing, n schools and nursing homes.

With the help of volunteers, clients select a prescribed number of food and gift items keyed to family size, age and gender. JCCB volunteers work year-round buying items at discounted rates and seeking new donated items to prepare for the next year’s Holiday Shop.  3,000 community volunteers donate their time from Shop Move-In on Nov. 9 through Take-Down on Dec. 15.

All help is welcome; visit www.jccb.org to volunteer.

 

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