Summer of 2018 marks Help House’s 15th anniversary

By Raylene Quaney

Help House celebrated turning 15 years old in July, with a huge celebration held July 15, 2018. A couple of our past directors were in attendance, as well as Rev. Robert Conway, who was pastor at Lyndon United Methodist Church at the time Help House first formed.

The day was filled with music that was performed by several local groups. Pat Murray, of Lyndon, led the group “Abound”, then the Praise and Worship team from Community Covenant Church, in Osage City, filled our hearts with some great praise music. They were followed by Wind Strings, this group is made up of members from Burlingame, Scranton and Carbondale – Heather and Ryan Kuder, Mark Hecht, Eric and Katie Pretz. Bluegrass music filled the air. The last group of the evening was Dr. Bob and Rhonda Harmon and their very talented group of musicians playing more bluegrass.

Of course, we had many other activities and attractions during the day. The Kansas Army National Guard set up their inflatable Jousting game, The Kansas Highway Patrol brought in the seat belt “Convincer”, and Mother Goose and Grandpa Pokey were there for the little ones and some of the “bigger kids” as well. The Osage County Sheriff and a couple of deputies provided DNA identification for the children in attendance. Providing information on services and their relationship to Help House were representatives of the Salvation Army, Harvesters, United Way and Drug Free Osage County.

The event kicked off a large fundraiser for Help House. Our parking lot is gravel. It is impossible to clean off in the winter when we get ice or snow, and when it rains it has areas that stand full of water. The gravel is difficult for some of our visitors to navigate with canes, walkers or wheelchairs. The board of directors and our volunteers voted to raise the funds necessary to put a black top like surface on the parking area, and while we are doing this to also install an automatic opener for handicap use. These improvements will cost approximately $15,000. The final total raised on July 15 during our 15-15- 15 Celebration was $7,614.15. This puts us just over halfway to our goal. We would like to thank all who have helped us reach this halfway mark.

If you were not able to attend but would like to contribute to the fundraiser, send your donations to Help House, PO Box 356, Lyndon, KS 66451.

The winner of the $200 meat raffle from Santa Fe Trail Meats was Jane Jackson, Osage City. Congratulations Jane! The raffle brought in over $555.

Overbrook Osage County Fair

The next event we are looking forward to is the Overbrook Fair on Aug. 11. You will find the Help House silent auction there with so many really great items to bid on like a Bushnell Deep Space 420X Telescope, and original art by Russ Hemphil, Artistic Impression Ministries. Russ’s art is created with glow in the dark chalk. The two prints of his original art truly come to life under a black light as they are meant to be displayed. Also, up for auction are four tickets to the Children’s Discovery Center, Royals tickets, and two sets of tickets to the new Topeka Pilots Hockey game. If you like hockey here is your chance to watch this new team bring exciting hockey to our area. Their schedule runs from Sept. 13, 2018, through March 30, 2019. The Melvern silent auction at the Melvern fair brought in $1,191. These funds go to purchase food for the food pantry as will the auction at the Overbrook fair.

Working with Harvesters

Something new is coming to Help House. We are completing the process of working with Harvesters. We have had 10 volunteers   complete the training to be available to offer assistance to anyone wanting to apply for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that has been known as food stamps. Our goal is to begin assisting with the applications by Sept. 10. Anyone living in Osage County that would like more information on this service and application process, call Help House at 785-828-3444.

School supplies drive

It is time again to collect school supplies. Here are just a few of the items on the “needs list”: 3 -ring binders 1.5”, book bags, calculators, clipboards, Crayola Colored Pencils, crayons and markers, Elmer’s glue, hand sanitizers (8 oz.), notebooks, pencils, pocket folders. A detailed list will be sent to the churches to be distributed. Cash donations may be dropped off at Help House or mailed to PO Box 356, Lyndon, KS 66451, and the funds will be used to purchase needed items. We want to say thank you to the community for all your help in making the school supply drive a success.

Good sense budget classes

The next “Good Sense” budget class is scheduled for 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27. It will be a one-day class. You must call to register and stop by and pick up pre-course work. Participants are to bring a sack lunch and beverage. The class is free and once completed the participant is eligible to receive assistance with heating or cooling bills.

Mobile food pantry dates

Mobile food pantry dates: Carbondale is the second Tuesday, Aug. 14, 12-1 p.m., Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship; Osage City, third Thursday, Aug. 16, 10-11 a.m., Osage City Community Center; Melvern, third Thursday, Aug. 16, 12:30 -1:30 p.m., Melvern Community Center; Burlingame, third Thursday, Aug. 16, 10-11 a.m., Burlingame Federated Church; Lyndon third Friday, Aug. 17, 12-1 p.m., Jones Park, East Sixth Street. If you can be in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time you will be in the counted numbers when it is decided how much of each item each family will receive.

Help House hours

A reminder, we are open every Monday evening from 4-7 p.m. for all services. Tuesday through Friday the hours are 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join the Summer Fan Club

The Summer Fan Club is in full swing.

The Summer Fan Club is in full swing. If you have a new or slightly used fan that you could share with someone who is in need of one, please bring it in to Help House as soon as possible. Do not leave outside in the shed, but bring into the center during our regular hours. If you are in need of a fan, stop in and sign up. It will be a first come first served basis.

Drop off

Please do not drop off donated items and leave them outside. We have a shed that is available for dropping off items. If you are donating food items please do so during hours that we are open, do not leave in the shed.

Contact Help House

For more information about Help House’s services, call 785-828-4888, email [email protected], stop by 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan., or like Osage County Help House on Facebook.

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