By Raylene Quaney
Help House’s third annual coat giveaway was a big success, with 157 coats given out this year. There is a fundraiser for the food pantry going on until Dec. 17, 2016. A king-size hand pieced and hand quilted quilt, made by Vicky Lawrence of Overbrook, is being raffled off at noon Dec. 17. Tickets can be purchased from one of the volunteers or call or stop by Help House. They are selling one ticket for $3 or three for $10. Don’t miss your opportunity to own this beautiful quilt and to help purchase food for the food pantry at the same time.
The annual Help House Board meeting and soup supper was held Nov. 1 at the First Baptist Church, in Lyndon. A summary of the year’s events and achievements were reviewed by director Pam Bilyeu.
We would like to thank Ridgeway Lodge No. 62, of Overbrook, for its recent $500 donation to the food pantry.
You will begin to see the familiar red Salvation Army counter kettles and bell ringers all over Osage County as you shop this holiday season. We will also be visited by Captain Kettle during the Burlingame Country Christmas, Overbrook annual community Christmas program, and the Lyndon Christmas parade and craft fair. All are on Dec. 3. Be sure to watch for the captain at each event, bet you won’t be able to miss him. Have cameras ready because the kids are going to love him.
Please be generous with your giving as 86 percent of what is received in the kettles stays in Osage County. If you make a donation to the kettles in another county it likewise stays in that county, Salvation Army assistance is distributed through Help House for Osage County.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we want to be sure you are aware of our fast-paced schedule from now until the end of the year. Nov. 22 and 23 we will be handing out turkeys and chickens in Thanksgiving food boxes that have been signed up for in advance. A family or individual may choose to sign up for either a Thanksgiving or a Christmas box but not both.
Help House will be closed Nov. 24 and 25.
On Dec. 3, Captain Kettle, representing the Salvation Army will be appearing first in the Lyndon Christmas parade, then will be at the craft show afterwards. Next Captain Kettle will make his way to Burlingame, where all may meet him around town from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The annual Overbrook community Christmas will be Captain Kettle’s last stop for the day. Beginning at 6 p.m., he will be at the Overbrook Public Library community room, where the festivities are being held.
Dec. 10 will be the Children’s Shopping Day at Help House. Parents must wait outside and will not be allowed to shop at Help House during this time, nor will food orders be filled. This day is for the children only. Mrs. Claus will be there along with her elves to help the children shop for their parents or guardians, and then her assistants will wrap each gift for them before they leave. On Dec. 13 and through Dec. 17, parents or guardians may shop for their children.
Dec. 21 and 22, Help House will hand out turkeys and chickens in Christmas food boxes.
Dec. 24 through Jan. 2, Help House will be closed. Our volunteers work very hard throughout the year and deserve to have this time to enjoy their families and to refresh and renew their spirits through this Holy time of year and to have every opportunity to worship and give thanks for all that God provides. We wish the same for all of our supporters and those we serve.
Beginning January 2017 Help House will be changing the Saturdays that we are open from the first and third Saturdays to the second and fourth Saturdays. This will coincide with the deliveries we receive from Harvesters, which will be more convenient for those receiving assistance.
If anyone is in need of an electric hospital bed (no rails) to be used at home, please stop by, there has been one donated that we need to move out due to storage space.
Pantry needs: We are in immediate need of 64 cake mixes along with frosting as soon as possible for the Thanksgiving food boxes.
For more information, contact Help House at 785-828-4888, email@example.com, www.osagecountyhh.com, like Help House on Facebook at Osage County Help House, or stop by at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon.