Holton receives an early Christmas present; women step up to lead Christmas Bureau

HOLTON (KSNT) — A while back, we told you the Jackson County Christmas Bureau might not be filling stockings this year if they couldn’t find a leader.

After months of praying for a Christmas miracle, Jennifer Ingels and Jenifer Goodfrey, have stepped up to spearhead the Jackson County Ministerial Alliance Christmas Bureau.

“It was kind of starting to be depressing that it may not happen this year,” says Terri Robbins, a volunteer with the Christmas Bureau.

In December, Kay Smith, the previous Director of the Christmas Bureau, announced that she was stepping down from the leadership role and seeking new co-chairs to head the event.

Ingels says after weeks of praying, the decision was easy: Step in and lead the organization that had helped her in the past.

It wasn’t that long ago when Ingels was in the same position as many of the families that she is now helping.

“I had personally used the service about 10 years ago when I was first divorced,” said Ingels.

Last year, the Christmas ‘store’ served 762 people in Jackson County.

“At Christmastime, it just adds an extra emphasis to do something special for the people in this area,” says Leann Brown, volunteer with the Christmas Bureau.

Families that would like to participate in this year’s Christmas Bureau can start filling out applications November 1. Applications will be available in both English and in Spanish. Those applications will be available at the Evangel United Methodist Church.

This year’s Christmas Bureau will be held Friday, December 11th, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Evangel United Methodist Church.

The organization is still looking for volunteers. If you would like to become a volunteer contact Jennifer Ingels at jherringj@hotmail.com or 785-851-7006

For more information, visit the Jackson County Ministerial Alliance Christmas Bureau Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jcmachristmas

 

 

 

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