Help House: Kindhearted gifts can brighten someone’s holidays

October was a busy month at Help House, 218 unduplicated households in Osage County were served during the month, up 170 households during that same time last year. Of that number 188 households received food. The number of individuals totaled 618, up from 498 last October. There were 123 coats given out from the coat drive from Oct. 14 through Oct. 31.

A total of 1,283 food items have been brought in to help fill the pantry. Several food drives were held by area organizations in the last couple of weeks, the Santa Fe Trail NHS Zombie Walk brought in 75 pounds of food. From Pomona State Park, Friends of the Park, and haunted trail event, 396 items totaled 450 pounds. The Lyndon FBLA food drive on Oct. 31 collected 469 items. On behalf of those who will receive assistance as a result, we thank everyone who helped collect and those who so generously gave.

We would like to remind all hunters in the area, if you have venison you would like to donate to the food pantry, we are happy to accept it as long as it has been processed, packaged and dated in a USDA inspected plant.

Looking ahead to Thanksgiving, turkeys will be given out on Nov. 25 to those signed up in advance to receive one. Help House will be closed Nov. 26 through Nov. 28.

Three beautiful fine porcelain dolls have been donated to be raffled off with proceeds going to Help House. Two of the dolls are from the Franklin Heirloom Gibson Girl Collection. “Kristina” is the first in the series, 21inches tall. The second is the “Christmas Angel” with a 24 ct halo, standing 16 inches tall. The third doll is a Lenox fine porcelain doll. She is “Clara” from the Nutcracker, standing 16”.

Tickets may be purchased at Help House beginning Nov. 18, and the drawing will be held at noon on Dec. 20. You need not be present to win. Tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. Dolls will be on display at Help House during that time.

Planning for Christmas shopping, our Christmas shop will be open on Saturday, Dec. 6, during our regular hours 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children of families registered at Help House to “shop” for their parents. Gifts will be gift wrapped and marked for them. Then the parents may “shop” for their children during the week of Dec. 15 during regular hours.

If you would like to donate a new toy for Christmas, be watching for collection boxes at area merchants and some of the churches, or drop them by Help House. All donations are requested to be received at Help House before Dec. 13. All gift items are free and available to those registered and receiving services.

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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