Block & Company, Inc., Realtors answers desperate plea for space for Johnson County Christmas Bureau to distribute $1 million+ in donated goods
November 21, 2022
The Johnson County Christmas Bureau's desperate plea for a place to distribute more than $1 million dollars in donated goods to approximately 12,000 of its neighbors in need has been answered by Block & Company, Inc., Realtors
The Johnson County Christmas Bureau
needed at least 35,000 square feet of space for adults living below 150% of the poverty level to shop at no cost with one of 3,500 volunteers between Dec. 2-10. Thanks to Block & Company, Inc., Realtors, the Johnson County Christmas Bureau now has access to 36,838 square feet of space in the former Stein Mart store, 9656 Quivira Road, in the Orchard Corners Shopping Center across from Oak Park Mall.
"We had the donations. We had the volunteers. But we didn't have the space," says Johnson County Christmas Bureau Executive Director Nina Kimbrough. "We are so very grateful to Block & Company, Inc., Realtors for making it possible to hold our annual Holiday Shop where, this year, we will distribute donated goods to about 12,000 of our neighbors in need. Block & Company, Inc., Realtors is proof of Kansas City's generosity and commitment to helping our neighbors."
The demand to participate in the Holiday Shop has dramatically increased this year. Where last year volunteers helped 10,600 people make their own selections of donated items with dignity, this year some 12,000 area residents are expected to take part. The Johnson County Christmas Bureau also provides goods to those in need in nursing homes. Last year, they served 900 elderly nursing home residents. Requests this year already exceed 1,300.
With no government funding, the nonprofit relies solely on community support and the generosity of those such as Block & Company, Inc., Realtors, the brokerage/property management company responsible for securing the location for this year's Holiday Shop.
"Block & Company, Inc., Realtors is so happy and proud to be able to support such a fine charitable organization who is benefiting the community in such an important way," says David M. Block
, President of Block & Company, Inc., Realtors.
Over 150 pallets stacked high with donated goods collected throughout the year are being moved to the Holiday Shop site from 14 storage locations across the metro. Last year alone, the Johnson County Christmas Bureau gave away 161,600 diapers, 65,000 books, and 6,800 children's coats plus hats and gloves. Beneficiaries also can select both fresh and canned food to last for 3-5 days, personal care items, and toys and gifts that they can give to others.
One of the Johnson County Christmas Bureau's functions is to serve as a safety net for other agencies and organizations that have run out of funds at the end of the year.
Thanks to Block & Company, Inc., Realtors stepping forward to answer the plea for a space to hold this year's Holiday Shop, the Johnson County Christmas Bureau will be able to fulfill that role this holiday season.
To apply to participate in the Holiday Shop or for more information about the Johnson County Christmas Bureau, please visit https://jccb.org
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. Block & Comany Inc., Realtors is committed to assisting multiple charitable organizations throughout the holiday season. This year those organizations include Johnson County Christmas Bureau, Operation Breakthrough, Fox4 Love Fund and more. For more information please view our Philanthropy Brochure
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