Christmas in October: A retrospective

For the past 35 years, Christmas in October volunteers have rebuilt houses, lives and neighborhoods throughout Kansas City. In this heartwarming interview, co-founder John McMeel recalls the nonprofit’s beginning, recognizes its impact and explains why we should continue to give back to those in need.

Andrews McMeel Universal

Founded in 1970, Andrews McMeel Universal is the world’s largest independently owned feature syndicate and a publishing industry leader. Distinguished by a creator-first approach and the uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist of popular culture, Andrews McMeel specializes in comics, illustrated humor and inspirational content, with a remarkable roster of talent across syndication, book, calendar, and greeting card publishing, digital consumer experiences, and entertainment licensing, including dozens of New York Times best-selling authors and Pulitzer Prize-, Reuben Award-, and Emmy Award-winning creators.


Shelly Barkes
Communications Director
Andrews McMeel Universal
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