Help House News: Start stocking up now for Souper Bowl Sunday

By Raylene Quaney

Now that we are into a new year it is time for Help House’s annual Souper Bowl Soup-A-Thon. We encourage churches, school organizations, youth groups, civic organizations, businesses to get involved. See which group can collect the most number of items to be donated to the Help House Food Pantry. We suggest organizations collect cans of soup and boxes of crackers, each counts as one item. Set a basket or tub out in your entryway, by your front door, or ask members to bring an item or two when they attend a game or a meeting. Send your members out into their neighborhoods to collect.

The winners will receive one of three awards, a silver, bronze or gold ladle, which is returned the next year to be passed along to the next winners, along with recognition in Help House’s newsletter. So start collecting now, and the contest will end on Feb. 3, 2019, Super Bowl Sunday. Soup and crackers collections can be brought to Help House the following week to be counted and entered into the contest.

Volunteers make the difference

During the Help House annual board meeting in November a number of volunteers were recognized for their dedication. John Neill received volunteer of the year award after giving 340.75 hours of his time to serve others at Help House in 2018. Additional awards were given to those donating over 200 hours, including Lance Jones, with 220.5 hours, and Raylene Quaney, 286 hours. Those with more than 100 hours were Joetta Asbury, Patty Colson, Carolyn Hamman, Joan Hazelton, Ted Hazelton, Ann Hladky, Lisa May, and Bev Russo-Willard. As we have said many times we could not open our doors without our amazing volunteers. Collectively, 6,128 hours were given during 2018 by more than 115 volunteers.

Mobile food pantry

Mobile food pantry dates: Carbondale is the second Tuesday, 12-1 p.m. at the Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship; Osage City, 10-11 a.m. third Thursday, Jan. 17, Osage City Community Center; Melvern mobile pantry has been cancelled until further notice; Burlingame, 10-11 a.m. third Thursday, Jan. 17, Burlingame Federated Church; Lyndon, 12-1 p.m. third Friday, Jan. 18, 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.

Help House sponsors the Lyndon and Carbondale mobile pantries.

Thank you

We would like to thank all the businesses, churches, organizations and individuals that donated to the Christmas Store so that the children, parents, grandparents and guardians could have a huge selection of gifts to help make their Christmas special. A special thank you to Mrs. Claus for visiting with the children during their special shopping day, while Santa’s elves helped them shop and more elves wrapped their gifts for them to take home and put under the tree.

We would like to thank the business that allowed us to place the red kettles during the Christmas season. The Salvation Army Kettle collection for 2018 totaled $5,967.24, a total of $1,890.61 less than the donations in 2017.

Yearend statistics

In keeping with our yearend report, Help House has served a total of 1,646 “unduplicated” persons from a total of 605 households throughout Osage County. Those household numbers served by zip code: 66413, 27, 66414, 29, 66451, 28, 66510, 27, 66523, 59, 66524, 13, 66528, 25, 66537, 13, 66543, 9, 66856, 1.

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 [email protected], stop by 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan., or like Osage County Help House on Facebook.

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