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Help House News: Full coat closet warms hearts and people

By Raylene Quaney

The “coat closet” was open from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 this year with 240 coats being given out. What was left is now out on the floor for those shoppers who are still in need of a nice warm coat for this winter. Adults’ and children’s coats are available while they last. A number of coats were sent to Hope House in Ottawa to be given out there.

Thanksgiving baskets

Those who signed up for a Thanksgiving food baskets are reminded to pick up on their selected day, either Wednesday, Nov. 14, or Thursday, Nov. 15. There were a total of 52 turkeys and 36 chickens available for Thanksgiving baskets. There will not be a giveaway in December as in the past.

Enjoy a soup supper at annual meeting

Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. will be the Help House annual meeting and soup supper, which will be held at the First Baptist Church, Lyndon. If you plan to attend, please call the center and let us know so we have plenty of food available for all. There will be a number of volunteers recognized for their service at that time. We could not open our doors to serve those in need with out you.

It’s good sense to take budget class

The next “Good Sense” budget class will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19. It will be a one-day class. Participants must call to register and stop by and pick up pre-course work. Participants are to bring a snack for lunch if desired and a beverage. The class is free and once completed the participant is eligible to receive assistance with heating or cooling bills. This includes electric, gas, propane or solid fuel (wood). There will not be a class held in December.

Cards of thanks

A number of cards of appreciation go out this month to the following for their contributions to this ministry: EK Realty and e.b. Sprouts, in Lyndon, are collecting food for Thanksgiving baskets; the Lyndon FBLA donated 520 items to the pantry; Overbrook Search Light Club donated 32 cleaning supply items for use at Help House; Overbrook United Methodist Church made a food pantry donation; Overbrook Thimble Club, 43 items for Thanksgiving plus a cash donation; Overbook Fidelis Club, 67 food and non-food items, 12 coats and miscellaneous clothing items.

Mobile food pantry

Mobile food pantry dates: Carbondale is 12-1 p.m. the second Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship; Osage City, 10-11 a.m. the third Thursday, Nov. 15, Osage City Community Center; Melvern, 12:30-1:30 p.m. third Thursday, Nov. 15, Melvern Community Center; Burlingame, 10-11 a.m. third Thursday, Nov. 15, Burlingame Federated Church; Lyndon, 12-1 p.m. third Friday, Nov. 16, Jones Park on East Sixth Street. If participants can be in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time they will be in the counted numbers when it is decided how much of each item each family will receive. During the Oct. 19 distribution in Lyndon, there were 143 families served. Help House sponsors the Lyndon and Carbondale mobile pantries.

Holidays at Help House

Help House holiday schedule include: Dec. 8 is the children’s shopping day for Christmas gifts for their parents or guardians from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dec. 10-14, parents/guardians may shop for Christmas gifts for the children 18 and younger; Dec. 17-21, the Christmas store will be open to everyone. Help House will be closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 22 and 23, and for Christmas Dec. 24 until Jan. 2, 2019.

Contact Help House

Reminder: Help House is open every Monday evening 4-7 p.m. for all services. Tuesday through Friday the hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information about Help House’s services, call 785-828-4888, email, stop by 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan., or like Osage County Help House on Facebook.

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