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.


Founded in 1970, Andrews McMeel Universal is an independent, multi-faceted, global entertainment company. 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 distributed across multiple platforms, 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 bestselling authors and Pulitzer Prize-, Reuben Award- and Emmy-Award-winning creators.