Help House News: Stocking up the shelves to help make happy holidays

By Raylene Quaney

Looking ahead to the holidays, it seems impossible, but they are just around the corner. Help House has begun signing up for Thanksgiving baskets. A family of one to four can sign up for a chicken. A family of five or more can sign up for a turkey. There will be a limited number available of each. It is on a first come first served basis.

Help House also needs donations for the Thanksgiving food boxes. Items needed are cake mixes, frosting, complete pumpkin pie filling mix, Jiffy brand pie crust mixes for the deserts, Jell-O and canned fruit for salad makings, and rolls. We are accepting cash donations that can be used to purchase these items as well. Just designate on your check that it is for the “Thanksgiving Food Baskets”.

Nov. 1, we will be accepting and taking donations for the Christmas Store. Gifts for adults, teens, children and infants are welcome and appreciated. Last year 53 adults selected gifts for 157 children at no charge during the shopping season.

Coat closet opens

The Help House Coat Closet opened on Oct. 1  and will be open through Oct. 31 each day during regular hours. We are accepting donations for clean and gently worn coats especially infants and children’s coats. They 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 can use men’s and women’s coats in all sizes, coveralls or overalls for those who have to work outside in the weather, and hats and gloves for everyone. If you are bringing coats or any other donations to Help House,  bring them in when we are open as we have been forced to lock the donation shed when we leave due to continued vandalism of the contents during hours that 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. So we ask for your understanding and cooperation. 

Speaker available for local meetings

Help House Director Pam Bilyeu was invited to speak on behalf of Help House to the Osage City EHU, Aug. 13, then the Overbrook Searchlight Club at the home of Carolyn Fairchild on Sept. 18, and Oct. 2, she spoke to the Vassar United Methodist Women. If your organization or church would like to invite Pam to speak at one of your meetings or during a Sunday service, just give her a call at 785-828-4888.

Osage County grocers spread goodwill

Remember while shopping at Jerry’s Thriftway in Osage City, and the Overbrook and Carbondale Thriftway stores, you can make donations to Help House’s food pantry by asking the clerk to add either $1 or $5 to your total bill. It is that easy and we thank everyone for your continued support and donation. We are very grateful to Jim O’Neill and Jerry Geisy for their continued support of Help House.

Annual meeting scheduled

Help House’s annual meeting and soup supper will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the First Baptist Church, Lyndon.

Give local

The United Way of the Flint Hills Campaign is underway. The slogan this year is “Live Local, Give Local”. If your employer participates in this campaign you may designate the charity of your choices when making your donation. If you choose Help House, we would appreciate your gift.

Help fill the food pantry

The food pantry is in need of shelf stable cans of fruit and vegetables (any variety and even sugar free and salt free varieties), gluten free items, baby food, diapers all sizes, personal care items, household items such as laundry soap, dish soap, cleaning products toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues.

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.

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

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