Help House News: Giving thanks for the blessings of community

By Raylene Quaney

Signup for Thanksgiving food baskets has been completed at Help House. Those who received pick-up slips will need to come on the date on the slip due to the delivery schedule of the poultry. Delivery will be either 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, or 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. Help House will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday Nov. 29.

Help House still 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 desserts, Jell-O and canned fruit for salad makings, and rolls. If you prefer we accept 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”.

Christmas Stores

Help House Christmas Stores are on the following dates for families who have not been adopted by ECAT, ECKAN, or other Christmas programs. There is a change in how the parent and grandparent shopping will occur this year. The Children’s Shopping Day will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Santa’s elves will assist children in selecting one gift per parent per child. Then they will wrap them to take home.

Parents and caregivers will need to sign up to schedule their shopping time this year. Times available will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Wednesday, Dec. 11, Thursday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 13.

Grandparents and others will need to sign up for their shopping times as well. Those dates will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17th, Wednesday, Dec. 18, Thursday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 20.

Shop local, help local

Remember while shopping at  Jerry’s Thriftway in Osage City, and Overbrook Thriftway and Carbondale Thriftway, 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 or $5 to the total of your 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

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

Coat closet warms hearts

The Help House coat closet gave out more than 238 coats during the month of October.  We would like to thank the North Osage 4-H Club for their donation of  60 coats to the coat closet this year, as well as all of the other individuals who shared to keep others warm this winter. This was the seventh year for the coat closet.

Budget class scheduled

The next Good Sense Budget Class will be 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18. 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.

Help House closed for holidays

Help House will be open 4-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, then closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, 2020, and will open again for regular hours and schedule on Jan. 2.

Mobile food pantries

Mobile food pantry dates: Carbondale, 12 p.m., Nov. 12, Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship; Osage City, Nov. 21; Melvern, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Melvern Community Center; Burlingame, 10 a.m. Nov. 21, Burlingame Federated Church; Lyndon, 12 p.m. Nov. 15, Jones Park.  If participating in the mobile pantry, be in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time to be included in the count to determine how much of each item each family will receive. Help House sponsors the Lyndon and Carbondale mobile pantries.

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, Kansas.

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