Round up a winter coat at Help House

091714-COAT-05Help House’s winter coat roundup is continuing through Oct. 18. Help House is still collecting men’s, women’s, and children’s coats that are in good, clean condition, and coats are being distributed to Help House clients on a first come first served basis. There is a limit of one coat per family member.

Coming up on Oct. 25 is the Goblin Gallop at Vassar. This is an annual costumed 5K fun run/walk held before the Vassar FunFest. This year the event committee has designated the proceeds to go to the Snug Fund. Registration forms are available at Help House. Come join the fun and help your neighbor this winter.

The Snug Fund helps limited income families with heating costs. The fund will be available at Help House and will be awarded according to the Help House utility assistance program guidelines. More information on qualifying for assistance will be available soon.

At the September board meeting, Help House director Pam Bilyeu reported on July and August services:

During the month of July 167 households received emergency food. There were a total of 1,011 food items donated to the pantry by individuals, churches and other organizations in the county. Help House is a recipient of United Way of the Flint Hills, which makes a donation of $1,011.50 each month to Help House for purchasing food. An additional $450 was spent by Help House to purchase needed food for the month of July.

In August the number of households receiving emergency food was 158, and there were 346 individuals visiting the center for services. A total of 906 in kind food donations were received and $2,632.56 spent to purchase food, with $1,011.50 coming from United Way.

The Summer Fan Club gave out 16 fans, and 80 children from Osage City, Lyndon, Marais des Cygnes Valley and Santa Fe Trail school districts received school supplies and new underwear. The Burlingame PTO provides for their school children.

There are currently 21 churches in Osage County regularly supporting Help House. Without their support and that of many other organizations and individuals who donate their time and make donations of food and money, Help House could not provide the services to the extent it does. Thank You!

Help House is located at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon. For more information, contact Help House at 785-828-4888 or email [email protected].

Help House news thanks to Raylene Quaney.


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