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Enjoy cookies and coffee while helping the Help House

The Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar, is hosting an event Saturday that will collect goods for a local food pantry, but is also trying to raise awareness about Help House at Lyndon and its mission as a food and clothing bank.

Help House, a countywide ministry, moved into a new building last fall at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon. Food, clothing, furniture, and utility assistance are provided to those who live in Osage County and meet income requirements. The organization can provide a three-day supply of food once a month to eligible recipients, and also offers clothes and other household items for free to anyone.

The Zion Lutherans, through their Thrivent Action Team, is encouraging everyone to participate in a “How Big is Your Heart” community event, to be held at the church, 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy coffee and cookies and drop off donations for Lyndon’s Help House.

Donna Silver, Thrivent Action Team member, said the church wants the community to be aware of the services provided by Help House and its continued need for donations.

“The Thrivent Action Team wants to make it possible to encourage anyone with a heart for this need to donate food or monetarily,” Silver said.

The types of items accepted by Help House include: Cereals, canned fruits, sugar, flour, salt, potatoes, pasta and pasta, “easy meals”, rice and rice sides, canned tuna, canned chicken, coffee and creamer, personal hygiene items, shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, toothpaste, laundry soap and home cleaning supplies, such as Mr. Clean or Spic and Span, tissues, toilet paper and baby food.

Tom Shepherd, Help House director, said the pantry always has a need for personal hygiene products, as those are supplies that are not purchased or available from other sources.

Shepherd also offered a reminder that the ministry is now the distribution point for the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program, or TEFAP, which provides commodities to those who meet income guidelines of the program.

“Those who are eligible for Help House items also get commodities from TEFAP,” Shepherd said.

In addition, Shepherd notes, Help House offers two mobile food pantries, one in Carbondale and the other in Lyndon. The mobile food pantry in Carbondale is held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship, 430 Commercial St.

In Lyndon, the mobile food bank is in operation 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the third Friday of each month at Jones Park.

Anyone wishing to donate or needing assistance or more information can contact Help House at 785-828-4888, or stop by or mail to 131 15th St., Lyndon, Kansas 66451. Help House is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and the first and third Saturday of each month.

And anyone who would like to enjoy homemade cookies and a cup of coffee while showing “How Big is Your Heart”, should attend this Saturday’s Thrivent Action Team event at the Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar.

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