Help House News: Goodbye summer, hello fall

By Raylene Quaney

Saying goodbye to summer, Help House thanks everyone that has contributed in one way or another to help make this another successful summer. Beginning with our huge garage sale in June, the Summer Fan Club, the school supplies give away and our very popular silent auctions, we have been very busy. The Summer Fan Club gave out 49 fans. School supplies were given out to 85 children who did not have an opportunity to sign up with ECKAN or receive supplies from Grace Community Church or other school supply resources for the upcoming school year.

The silent auction donors and winning bidders raised $1,205.51 at Melvern Sunflower Days, and $2,788.18 on Aug. 10, during the Overbrook Osage County Fair. These are our two largest fundraisers of the year and will help provide food for about three months for the more than 200 families that depend on the Help House food pantry to supplement their nutritional needs each month.

The crocheted flag, made and donated by Peggy Kampsen, was raffled off and the winner drawn during the Overbrook fair. The winner was Louise Michael, of Topeka. A total of $884.00 was raised through this very gracious gift. We thank you for helping your Osage County neighbors.

Clean, gently worn coats needed

Help House’s next effort for assistance is the sixth annual coat drive and giveaway. We began taking donations for clean and gently worn coats on Sept. 3. Infants and children’s coats are always in short supply, so if your children have coats they have outgrown but are still in good condition, please consider sharing with another child who may not have a coat for this winter. We also need men’s and women’s coats in all sizes. Also coveralls or overalls for those who have to work outside in the weather, and hats and gloves for everyone. The coat closet will be open Oct. 1-31, during regular business hours.

Anyone bringing coats or any other donations to Help House is asked to come during our open hours, as we have been forced to lock the donation shed due to continued vandalism of the contents during hours we are closed. We know this is an inconvenience to those wishing to donate, but we were left with no choice due to the actions of a few. We do not want items left outside at the back door or outside the shed because if animals get into the boxes or sacks, or if it rains the items are ruined and have to be disposed of and that is not something we want to have to do. We ask for your understanding and cooperation.

On Aug. 1, Jerry’s Thriftway, in Osage City, began participating in an ongoing fundraising effort for the Help House food pantry. You will see at the register a card that reads, “You may now make a donation to Help House for the Food Pantry by asking the clerk to add either $1.00 or $5.00 to the total of your bill.” It is that easy and we thank everyone for your continued support and donation. As of Aug. 19, the Overbrook and Carbondale Thriftway stores have joined in the campaign. We are very grateful to Jim O’Neill and Jerry Geisy for their continued support of Help House.

The next Good Sense Budget Class will be held 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. Participants must stop by Help House to pick up the pre-course work, register for the class, and get additional information. Once a participant has completed the class they are eligible for utility assistance for either electric, gas, propane or wood for winter heat.

The food pantry is in need of shelf stable cans of fruit and vegetables, any variety including sugar free and salt free varieties, pasta sauces, canned pasta, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jellies, mustard, salad dressings, cereals, Jell-O, cake mixes and frostings, pudding mixes, (gluten free items are also requested), baby food, diapers all sizes, personal care items, household items such as laundry soap, dish soap, cleaning products toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex.

Mobile food pantry dates:

  • Carbondale, 12 p.m. second Tuesday, Sept. 10, Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship.
  • Melvern, 12:30 p.m. third Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Melvern Community Center.
  • Burlingame, 10 a.m. third Thursday, Sept. 19, Burlingame Federated Church.
  • Lyndon, 12 p.m. third Friday, Sept. 20, Jones Park on East Sixth Street.

Participants are asked to be in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time to be counted to determine how much of each item each family will receive. Help House sponsors the Lyndon and Carbondale mobile pantries.

Happy fall, y’all!

The Help House mission is to provide emergency assistance for the basic needs of individuals and families in Osage County, Kansas.

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

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