Help House News: Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon kicks off; one can equals one hearty meal

By Raylene Quaney

With the Christmas season over and the New Year to look forward to, there is a lot to catch up on.

Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon

The annual Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon has begun. Churches and other organizations are encouraged to participate in this friendly competition. We are asking that soup and crackers be collected for the Help House Food Pantry from now until Feb. 4, 2018, which is Super Bowl Sunday. The winners will be awarded the traveling “soup ladle” trophy. There will be first, second, and third place winners announced based on the total number of items collected. Let the game and fun begin.

Last year’s winner of the Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon trophy went to the Overbrook United Methodist Church. They brought in 286 cans of soup and 34 boxes of crackers; second place was taken by Carbondale Community United Church of Christ with 173 cans of soup; and third place went to Vassar United Methodist Church with 169 cans of soup. Thank you to everyone that contributed even one can of soup because you provided a meal for someone who was hungry the day they opened that can.

Holiday shopping store

There were 47 children that shopped for parents, grandparents or caregivers on Dec. 9. The shopping day included a visit and pictures with Mrs. Clause, elves to help shop for just the right gift, and then more elves to wrap and tag those special gifts to put under the tree for Christmas morning. That was a fun but very busy day for all. The next week 52 parents shopped, with 54 other adults able to shop the following week for their families. These were all shoppers who were not adopted by ECAT or EKAN or others during the holiday.

Quilt raffle

At noon on Dec. 20 a drawing was held for the quilt raffle. The total raised was $555 for the food pantry. Jon Wilhite, of Overbrook, was the winner. We also had drawings for five bicycles that were donated by the Lyndon Lions Club and had been totally refurbished through the program at the Leavenworth prison. Those winners were: For the boys 20-inch bike, Natasha Whitaker; boys 16-inch, Dynae Donely; boys 12-inch, Davis; girls 20-inch, Jolene DeMaranville; and girls 16-inch, Dariana Forkenborck.

Food baskets

There were 51 food baskets given out for Thanksgiving and 54 for Christmas dinners. Again, these were families that did not receive from either ECAT or ECKAN through their holiday programs. Families could choose either Thanksgiving or Christmas to receive their basket, but did not receive both times.

Giving tree

Many thanks again to Brecks Green Acres and their customers for donating to Help House from their “Giving Tree” over the holiday season. What a blessing! Those who received were very grateful for your generosity; we were pleased to be able to share those gifts with ECAT for their holiday give-away to the families they serve in the Osage City school district.   

Good Sense Budget Course

The Good Sense Budget Course will be held 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. This will be a one-day course. Participants must stop by Help House to preregister and pick up pre-course work. You are to bring a lunch and drink with you. 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. For more information, call 785-828-4888.

Help House has now closed Saturdays, open Monday evenings

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, Help House will no longer be open on Saturdays. Instead, to make our services available to those who are working and unable to come into the center during our regular hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Help House will be open 4-7 p.m. every Monday evening, except the center will not be open during bad weather. If the schools are closed due to inclement weather, Help House will also be closed.

 

Harvesters compiles stats of food assistance recipients

According to statistics provided by Harvesters, of all adults receiving food assistance from Harvesters food pantries, 52 percent are disabled or in poor health, 37 percent are retired, which leaves 11 percent being the working poor. When donating to your local food pantries, give healthy choices such as canned fruit in a light syrup, whole grain cereals (no sugars), and canned meat or fish packed in water or light oil.

Computer skills class offered

If the new year finds you needing help searching for a job, you need to write a resume and don’t know where to begin, you do not have a computer, if you need to learn computer skills to become a better employee, or just want to learn basic computer skills for your own enjoyment and personal use at home, Help House has a computer lab to help you with that. With the special services of Paul Schmidt, who will work with you on an individual basis, whatever your needs are, you are never too old to learn. You may call Schmidt at 602-238-4793 or 785-793-2149 for more information or to signup. Classes are free of charge and open to the public but will be limited to four individuals per session. Here are the classes available:

Absolutely basic computer: Want to learn basic computer skills?  This is for the individual who does not know how to operate a computer. Learn from how to turn it on, to using it for your own enjoyment or education. It’s time to take this class. No stress or pressure and absolutely nothing too simple or basic to learn and master. Learn at your own pace. This is designed for adults of all ages, with personal instruction and patience. Expand your horizons, you are never too old to learn something new.

Skills for employment: This course will provide hands-on and immediate assistance with job search and applications. Included in this course will be assistance with using a computer to find job opportunities, and setting up a folder containing a well-written resume for applicants to present to prospective employers. Provided along the way will be helpful tips in communicating electronically with prospective employers, and writing and composition errors to avoid when applying for jobs and constructing resumes.

For more information about Help House’s services and eligibility, call 785-828-4888, email [email protected], or like Osage County Help House on Facebook.

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