KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The youngest statewide official to be appointed to office in the United States has launched a new website hoping to find Kansans a little extra cash before the holidays.
The office of Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner has posted www.ChristmasCash.ks.gov to help people find money they may not have even known they had.
The website assists Kansas residents in searching for unclaimed property.
According to the treasurer’s office, there is currently more than $350 million in unclaimed property held by the state.
LaTurner said the average claim for many Kansans is about $225 — not a small amount as people buy presents and prepare for family gatherings.
“We want to make Christmas easier for as many Kansans as we can, and we encourage them to go to our website and see if they might be one of the many with unclaimed property waiting to be found,” LaTurner said.
People can search for claims for both individuals and businesses through the site.
The treasurer’s office reminded people that some claims will require more processing time than others.
The department hopes to fill as many requests as possible by the holiday and requests that people submit their claims by Dec. 15 in order to have the best chance at fulfillment before Christmas Day.