In the spirit of giving, Help House to open Christmas ‘store’

By Raylene Quaney

Help House’s “Good Sense Budget Course” is to be offered again on Jan. 11 and Jan. 25. The morning session is 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The evening class will be 6-9:30 pm.  Participants must attend both days to complete the course. Upon course completion, participants will be eligible to apply for assistance for help with upcoming winter heating cost.  Osage County residents should call 785-828-4888 to pre-register for the class. There have been seven classes held to date with 38 participants completing the course.

Help House Christmas Store

Anyone in need of assistance for Christmas and who has not registered with either ECAT or ECKAN, may come into the Help House Christmas Store.  It will be open to parents or guardians from Dec. 15 through Dec. 19 during our regular hours. New toys are being collected by the Lyndon Community Business Women’s Association to be given out during this time.

Children may “shop” for their parents or guardians from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. This is extended hours this one day to allow more time for this event. Santa’s elves will be there to wrap the gifts for the children. Help House will not be distributing food or other items after 1 p.m.; this time is for children only.

Holiday hours

Help House will be closed Nov. 25 through Dec. 1 for Thanksgiving, and Dec. 24 through Jan. 4, for Christmas and the New Year, then reopen Jan. 5, 2016.

Special donations

Recently Help House has received some very special donations: Lyndon High School volleyball team had a “servathon” and raised $1,378.16. The Seeker’s youth group from Overbrook United Methodist Church has held fund raisers throughout the year and made a special presentation of $1,500 to Help House at the annual meeting on November 10. The Carbondale Girl Scout Troup collected 282 cans and boxes of food plus $15, while 467 cans of food was donated during the Pomona State Park Haunted Trail event. Lyndon FBLS collected 736 food items, and Relay for Life event held in Osage City collected and donated 383 cans of food. The ladies at the Osage County Senior Center have donated 16 quilts, and $381 has been received from Planet Aid as they give back a portion of what they receive from their donation boxes located at the Thriftway stores in Carbondale and Overbrook. If a Planet Aid drop box is located outside your business you may contact Planet Aid and request they make Help House a recipient of their give back program.

744 helped during October

The total number of households Help House served during the month of October was 222 with a total of 744 individuals.

When you are thinking of estate planning or for a memorial for a loved one, you might want to remember Help House in your giving.

For more information, contact Help House director Pam Bilyeu at 785-828-4888, email [email protected], or see Like us on Facebook at Osage-County-Help-House.

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