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Help House News: 2017’s coat give-away sets record

By Raylene Quaney

Help House’s annual board meeting and soup supper for the volunteers will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 14, 2017, at the First Baptist Church, in Lyndon. Supper will be provided by the board members.

Silent auctions

The silent auctions held this summer, which are our two largest fundraisers for the food pantry, brought in more than $3,000. Thank you to everyone that donated items to the auctions and to those who bid.

Coat give-away

The 4th annual coat give-away was held Oct. 2-31. More than 200 coats were given away, a record number for this event. Thank you to everyone who donated coats to help make it such a huge success. We do have a few coats left so if you or your family are in need of a warm coat for the winter, stop by and see what we have.


There are a few chickens left to be given out for Christmas. You may stop in to Help House or call the office to put your name on the list as long as they are available.

Volunteers’ fellowship

Volunteers Ted and Joan Hazelton hosted a volunteer potluck get-together at their home Oct. 15. We enjoyed a beautiful fall day in the country and a great time of fellowship. Thank you from all of us, it was a fun day.

Healthy Pantry Shopping

The new Healthy Pantry shopping by the clients has been well received by everyone. This is part of the Harvesters initiative to encourage healthier food choices. Over the last six months the Harvesters mobile pantry in Lyndon has averaged 120 families, however the October mobile pantry saw 135 families. Help House serves through the in-house food pantry an average of 210 to 220 households each month.

Getting ready for Christmas

It will soon be time for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. If you, your family, organization or group would like to volunteer to be a bell ringer this year, call Help House at 785-828-4888 to leave your contact information. We will be in touch soon.

Remember when shopping for Christmas, if you are ordering from Amazon, you may donate a percentage to Help House through Amazon Smiles, look for the link on Amazon’s website.

Help House has begun collecting new toys and gifts for men and women for the Christmas stores. There will also be a quilt raffle coming in November, so watch for that.

Good Sense

The next Good Sense Budget Course will be held 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 18. This is just a one-day course. Once the class has been completed the class participants will be eligible to apply for assistance to help with heating or cooling cost. Assistance is provided on limited bases for any heating source whether it is gas, electric, propane or wood. During summer months assistance may be provided for electric utility bills for the additional cost of cooling your home. You must come into Help House to pre-register and pick up your information packet, which includes pre-course work to be completed before the first class. For more information, call 785-828-4888. Participants are asked to bring a drink and sack lunch with them.


The November schedule for Help House is as follows: 1-2 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16, Thanksgiving food boxes will be distributed to those who are registered and have indicated which day they will pick up; Nov. 23, 24 and 25, Help House will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In December: Help House will be open Saturday, Dec. 2. On Saturday, Dec. 9, children will be able to shop for their parents or guardians, assisted by some of Santa’s elves, then have their gifts wrapped by other elves. Mrs. Clause will be there to visit, and you will have an opportunity to have your child’s photo taken with her from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The food pantry will not be open this day.

At 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, Christmas food boxes will be distributed to those who are registered and have indicated which day they will pick up.

Dec. 19-23, the Christmas store will open for parents to shop for their children. We coordinate our holiday meals and Christmas outreach with ECAT and ECKAN to prevent duplication in services and to reach out to those who could use a little help during the Christmas season.

Help House will be closed Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, 2018.

Help House is open on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and is located at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon. For more information, contact Help House at 785-828-4888 or

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