Category Archives: Faith

A Cowboy’s Faith: Wind powered blazes insurmountable

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“March winds bring April showers bring May flowers”

That often repeated quotation is on the minds of most everybody.

Despite moisture forecasts, and sometimes a few drops, the Midwest has not received sufficient rain.

More than one commented, “Too bad we can’t have just a tad bit from those poor northeast folks snowbound and flooding.”

Combination of dry conditions and record winds has made wildfires more widespread than even year earlier more isolated damages.

A call in the middle of the night informed a pasture was burning nearby, but fire trucks had been called. Fortunately, those local volunteers were efficient in limiting damage to a small area. That the area ablaze had been hayed last summer, helped in keeping spread slowed.

Up and down the highway in every direction from headquarters, there have been pasture fires. All were brought under control before extensive loss.

Returning from work, three fire engines were headed east – telltale sign: “There’s a fire.”

Nightly news revealed location, but simultaneously another one was being battled two counties to the south.

Thousands of acres of Flint Hills were consumed between the two, but lives were saved. Biggest fright was possibility of fire spreading into one rural community.

Again, assistance gathered from every direction, miles and miles away with every form of water and extinguishing agent possible. Amazing the generosity and working together efforts of all in a time of need.

It does help override the bad publicity so often given today’s society. Neighbors helping neighbors is the way the country was built and remains in true ranchland.

Harveyville church plans family fun

The Harveyville United Methodist Church is offering a couple of upcoming fun activities for kids and families.

The church is hosting a St. Patrick’s Family Fun Night Saturday, 7-8:30 p.m. March 17, 2018. There will be games and activities for all ages, snacks and the chance to learn an Irish folk dance. Everyone is invited to bring their family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship.

Then 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 22, the church is hosting a “Kids Day Out” in the church basement. Games, crafts and activities for children ages 4 to fifth graders. Parents are invited to bring their children for a couple of hours of fun and games.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Season’s change on horizon

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Spring is in the air.”

Nearly two weeks before official start, the robins are searching for worms. Already green sprigs show through yesteryear’s dry grass.

Always contending fall was the best time because one could catch up on undone chores, attitude seems to have altered. Hadn’t thought about season’s changes until Grandma Davis’ funeral decades ago, when the pastor commented spring was her favorite time.

She anticipated the new flowers, birds chirping and planting a garden. Yes, spring does bring anticipation of more calves, colts, and lush pastures.

Seemingly everybody has the feeling as stores have potted plants for sale. Business was so brisk at one location, demand fast exceeded availability. Almost no sooner had filled carts been wheeled in, they were empty with green thumbs eager to plant.

No thought given that this is still winter, and there could be many freezes in days ahead. Contention obviously is “Oh, we’ll just plant some more.” That’s good news meaning more business for the flower and vegetable starters.

Can’t help but remember one of the biggest snow storms in recent times was March 8, 1998. It was snowing when cow chores started 10 miles from headquarters. Done and headed back, intensity expanded as wind blew huge drifts until finally the truck would go no further.

Stranded in the blizzard before cell phones were ever heard about, fortunately there was a farm home in sight. Treacherous walking through the blustery downfall and near hip drifts, knock on the door brought a welcome inside.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Sun improves cowman’s outlook

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Don’t tell anybody, the sun’s shining.”

The Sunday morning comment brought promise and brightness to the past week of weather gloom.

“Those cows and calves need it bad.”

That’s a fact as well, considering all of the predicaments bovine mommas seem to get into during inclement conditions.

Nice days go by with no or few calves, then when cold, snowy, wind come so do cows’ birthing instincts.

Twin calves mean double the income to outsiders looking in, but in reality that’s more typically twice the problems.

Late afternoon, sharpest shrillest blizzard-like day of the week, proven-producing cow dropped baby twins. They were wet, shivering, nearly freezing.

While with maternal knowledge, the cow was still disoriented considering two instead of one. Mothering impulse did take hold as she started licking one calf so it became more aroused with life bellowing softly.

Nearby twin gets colder, closer to freezing by the minutes. Satisfied the baby being nurtured by momma will be fine, cow foreman loads cold mate into the pickup to assist warm up.

A 30-minute ride soon had that orphan showing spurts of life as well. Brought into the home mudroom the baby with rubbing, hair dryer and heaters perked up even more.

Big plastic nipple bottle with warm first milk replacer suited the little one’s fancy as he sucked it down.

Before bedtime, the little booger was healthy enough to go out to the heavily bedded barn stall.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Legs sure are important

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“She has good legs.”

Somehow it seemed an ornery mentor professor’s jive when congratulating him on engagement and upcoming marriage.

Thinking of the comment numerous times since, Dr. Norton, dairy team coach, was in most seriousness about his bride-to-be. Being just out of college, going rambunctious with a young family and pursuing dual careers, being able to get around well was no concern. It certainly was to a professor looking to retirement with pleasures and enjoyment intended.

Well, the comment of nearly a half century ago has hit home.

After one of the best years ever competing in local horseshows, everything seemed fine in early October. Then all of a sudden the Big Man upstairs showed his power, whatever it was: “Slow down.”

Never having much any pain in a lifetime, despite falling off way too many times, all of a sudden the left knee hurt.

“Oh, it’s just imagination.” Maybe so, but it still hurt, and seemed to be getting worse. “It’s just in the head, get the work done, quit complaining.” Never had been to a back cracker, but more than one suggested that was the problem, and he’d cure it with one whack.

That wasn’t the case. The good back doctor gladly accepted the insurance money with co-pay: “Can’t do anything to the back, it’s the knee.”

Okay, okay, maybe it isn’t just in the head.

One look, one pinch by the knee specialist diagnosis: “the knee’s caput.” Maybe a little shot of steroids like those 90-pound jockey use to keep weight off will help.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Romance of producing calves

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“That heifer’s going to do it when she gets doggone good and ready.”

All’s havoc around the barnyard – stewing, checking, helping, pouting about the 40 first calf heifers ready to drop.

Actually another two beat the clock, had healthy babies in the winter pasture before being brought to headquarters.

Now, it’s mostly watch and wait. “That ‘659’ looks like she needs to be gotten in.”

After a few days, the girls learn the routine, walk down the barn lane without resistance. Then, it’s not too tough to sort off the one wanted.

But sure enough middle of the night call, “692” decided it was time. Out in the lot, 10 above, wind blowing snow, she dropped one, fortunately it’s alive. Tiny, wet, shivering baby with a first-time momma who has no clue what’s happened.

Cowman’s job is helping cattle in distress. But, in the cold shrill, getting heifer and newborn under cover becomes more complicated. Big stout cow foreman carries the calf, but momma isn’t smart enough to follow.

So baby in the barn, come back, rouse heifer every way thinkable to get her there, too.

A Cowboy’s Faith: A well deserved retirement

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Missy is a good ole gal.”

Perhaps that’s insufficient credit for all the 27-year-old Appaloosa mare has done in a fulfilled lifetime.

Still, it’s appropriate description of the old girl now in well-deserved retirement. Like many folks, Missy really doesn’t know what to do with herself when there’s not a regular job.

Her profession was running patterned horse races along with grudgingly obliging other expectations of owner.

Now Missy’s a small horse, somewhat athletically built. She’s neat-headed, such others have even called her “cute.”

At 24, Missy truly was the best claiming highpoint speed horse awards in two major circuits. That was with a sometime gimp that x-rays and the best veterinarians demanded Missy be retired. No way, she’d have died from a broken heart.

Another year older, Missy’s lameness worsened not bearing weight on her right front leg much of the time. Yet, hook the trailer, start the pickup, Missy’s ears up, nickering, anxious to load.

At the shows, competition beware, Missy was there. That darn wince might be noticed occasionally at a walk. Yet, when name was called high-stepping-prance with a little rear the excited urge to run became most apparent to all.

Missy’s expulsion to the first barrel set any rider back in the saddle, hanging on for dear life. Only thing slowing the speedster down would be pilot error, sadly occurring too often. Crossing the finish line, time was always near the top, often fastest of any runners that day.

Then is when Missy gave in to the pain.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Another tribute to Dad

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Dad would have been 108 years old on Monday, January 29.”

Sadly, he’s been gone nearly 38 years, passing away in the summer of 1980.

It was always easy to remember Dad’s birthday, the same as Kansas.

A bachelor until 30 years old, Dad knew how to take care of himself, his horse, a little bit of livestock and the small rented farm. He knew how to fry steak and potatoes and make gravy, always the best there was.

Those who remembered those days insisted there wasn’t anything Dad couldn’t do and wouldn’t undertake. His sorrel gelding Bar was the best around, even standing on back legs with finger snap.

Young woman riding the spotted pony to teach the one-room schoolhouse caught Dad’s eye. Before long, they were wed despite her 10 years his junior.

Poor farmers trying to make do. Times were tough. Tractors were replacing stock horses used for riding, driving, and working fields, too.

Even in those days it took a little bit of everything to make ends meet. Mom taught school, milked cows, had chickens, kept house and all. Dad farmed and had a job at the hardware store in town.

Tragedy struck.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Many help make successes

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Always give just credit where credit is due.”

During several recent horseshow awards presentations, many accolades were bestowed, received and acknowledged by applause.

Recipients were exuberant with big smiles nodding and towing away hardware and tokens.

They’re the ones who campaigned the champions.

With limited exception little recognition was given to the most important part of every title.

While the real reason for success was generally named in passing, “Joe Blow on Tiny won…” That was about it recognizing the one most responsible.

A horse is the No. 1 ingredient in cowboy and cowgirl success, and should be honored most.

Yes, as was pointed out in a recent national horse publication, many potential champions never become such.

It’s because, nobody trains and shows the outstanding horseflesh to what they could become. Many horses are never used period. Let alone put into competitions.

Still, every horseshow award truly must first go to the horse, then to the exhibitor and many others out behind the barn.

Achievement actually starts with planned mating mare and stallion, birthing and a long line of hands. Years of continued preparation, hundreds of competitions, plus miles and miles of traveling combine for top end results.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cows must have calves

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“They’ll either have a calf or they won’t.”

One of the very best, most prominently known cowmen answered years ago when questioned about pregnancy checking his cowherd.

That philosophy contrasted management recommendations promoted by college cattle experts. Yet, Andy’s analysis had lifetime experience.

“Even when cows are examined ‘safe,’ a lot of things can happen before they have a calf come spring.”

Of course, observant cowboys can generally “tell by looking” if a cow’s bred. Likewise, seeing abortion evidence ahead of calving date is telltale no calf at weaning time. With exceptions, cows continually seeking bull romance aren’t “in calf,” either.

Often reflecting that good friend’s admirable ranch work from every angle, Andy has come to mind frequently in recent weeks. The most conscientiously observant ranch foreman has seen a number of cows “cycling.”

No, the cows were not checked for pregnancy in the fall for various right or wrong reasons. Perhaps, it’s because “they’ll either have a calf or they won’t.”

Anywhere, with fair certainly, a couple dozen mommas who keep “intimately nosing around” herd mates won’t drop spring babies.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Just fix the problem

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The second string will be the carload team at Denver, and then will also get to judge at Houston.”

It was the coach’s evening announcement that nearly made a 20-year-old recently married college junior’s shirt snaps pop open.

“Thanks, Dr. Able, but the bathroom is froze up, and no way to be ready to leave tomorrow morning.”

He assuredly grinned, “You’ll get it fixed. We won’t pull out of the Weber parking lot until you’re in the station wagon.”

Well before daylight, sure enough, teammates were loaded, waiting, and with a bit of harassing National Western bound.

Personal bust knocked K-State out of the carload title, but on the college’s first team at Houston created lifetime memories.

That broken sewer pipe was mended enough for ranch use with heat lamps guarding further damage.

Couldn’t help but reflect those “good ole days”, when the ranch foreman was having stop-ups last week. While most cowboys aren’t too uppity on plumbing, admittedly problems of nearly a half century ago were less complex than these days.

So professionals must be called in and still a major ordeal when temperatures remain below freezing.

Not necessarily positive, but a learning experience for today’s younger set who’ve never heard of an outhouse. They didn’t even have a clue what a commode was, but soon learned rather than facing subzero going to the barn.

Help House News: Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon kicks off; one can equals one hearty meal

By Raylene Quaney

With the Christmas season over and the New Year to look forward to, there is a lot to catch up on.

Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon

The annual Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon has begun. Churches and other organizations are encouraged to participate in this friendly competition. We are asking that soup and crackers be collected for the Help House Food Pantry from now until Feb. 4, 2018, which is Super Bowl Sunday. The winners will be awarded the traveling “soup ladle” trophy. There will be first, second, and third place winners announced based on the total number of items collected. Let the game and fun begin.

Last year’s winner of the Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon trophy went to the Overbrook United Methodist Church. They brought in 286 cans of soup and 34 boxes of crackers; second place was taken by Carbondale Community United Church of Christ with 173 cans of soup; and third place went to Vassar United Methodist Church with 169 cans of soup. Thank you to everyone that contributed even one can of soup because you provided a meal for someone who was hungry the day they opened that can.

Holiday shopping store

There were 47 children that shopped for parents, grandparents or caregivers on Dec. 9. The shopping day included a visit and pictures with Mrs. Clause, elves to help shop for just the right gift, and then more elves to wrap and tag those special gifts to put under the tree for Christmas morning. That was a fun but very busy day for all. The next week 52 parents shopped, with 54 other adults able to shop the following week for their families. These were all shoppers who were not adopted by ECAT or EKAN or others during the holiday.

Quilt raffle

At noon on Dec. 20 a drawing was held for the quilt raffle. The total raised was $555 for the food pantry. Jon Wilhite, of Overbrook, was the winner. We also had drawings for five bicycles that were donated by the Lyndon Lions Club and had been totally refurbished through the program at the Leavenworth prison. Those winners were: For the boys 20-inch bike, Natasha Whitaker; boys 16-inch, Dynae Donely; boys 12-inch, Davis; girls 20-inch, Jolene DeMaranville; and girls 16-inch, Dariana Forkenborck.

Food baskets

There were 51 food baskets given out for Thanksgiving and 54 for Christmas dinners. Again, these were families that did not receive from either ECAT or ECKAN through their holiday programs. Families could choose either Thanksgiving or Christmas to receive their basket, but did not receive both times.

Giving tree

Many thanks again to Brecks Green Acres and their customers for donating to Help House from their “Giving Tree” over the holiday season. What a blessing! Those who received were very grateful for your generosity; we were pleased to be able to share those gifts with ECAT for their holiday give-away to the families they serve in the Osage City school district.   

A Cowboy’s Faith: Spiritual season was for beloved

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Two tiny track trails in the freshly fallen morning snow.”

Early dawn, one tracked into the barn, perhaps big tom Garfield retrieving early breakfast, the other southwest.

Feed bucket in hand following those tracks – flinched as Princess Cottontail dashed from nowhere to the south barn and away. Split second winced again when Peter Cottontail jumped out of the shop or from under the trailer headed opposite direction.

Despite freezing temperature, warm feeling spread inside as uncontrollable broad satisfied smile spread. Nothing better than living on a Flint Hills ranch.

Bishop’s reminder of season’s true meaning and necessity of assisting others coupled by young, bright seminarian’s optimism likewise heightened thermostat reading. Final preparations throughout the day as the small family arrived for cozy season’s evening traditions.

Calm, quiet Christmas morning when Maggie’s feed welcome nicker satisfied and complementary gentle rub responded by more aggressive nuzzle.

Too many empty pews, yet twinkles gleamed through artificial cedars overlooking newborn Savior in traditional nativity. Cutest, tiniest girl crawling right up within inches arms outreached despite cautioning Mommy and Daddy – spirit glows for all ages.

St. Patrick’s invites all to annual nativity showcase

St. Patrick’s of Scranton Catholic Church is planning a nativity showcase 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 7, 2018, in conjunction with the Epiphany of Our Lord.

It is a lovely way to close the Christmas season. Everyone is invited to view the beautiful and historic St. Patrick’s of Scranton house of worship adorned for Christmas, and see the many nativity sets that members and friends of the parish have placed. Descriptions placed by some of the sets share their special meanings to their owners. There will be many different sizes, number of pieces, and varied artistic interpretations of the nativity.

This is the third year for the parish community tradition. At the first nativity display, in January 2016, there were more than 150 sets, with more than 200 in 2017, and more sets planned for 2018. Nativities are welcome from community members, Catholic and other religious denominations, to be displayed at the showcase. 

A Cowboy’s Faith: Revitalizing friendships best resolution

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Well, another year nearly gone. All in all likely one of the very best, despite recent incomprehensible setback.

Time to look ahead, plan what must be done, set personal objectives.

It’s called New Year’s resolutions, and always gets lots of hype in final weeks of past 12 months. Seems many have the same ones every time.

First everywhere is to lose weight. Second, additional self-improvements like regular calisthenics. More than a fifth of the population wants to lose weight? Some do for a while, but those who keep it off much fewer.

Of course, stopping habit smokers forever promise. Fortunately, fewer smokers make that total number lower. Quitting smoking is nearly impossible to do for certain life timers.

With no self-experience, ending smoking can be harmful as continuing despite good-doers denying such. Yes, most who’ve quit are healthier, happier, longer lived.

Yet, always contend Aunt Lu’s proud dedicated quitting brought faster demise, and she really wasn’t ever really happy either. Likewise, Uncle Don quit cold turkey and passed at 55.

Seems many set plan for coming year is make more money, and that’s okay. Yet, money never yields happiness, but better management of what there is improves many aspects of living.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Everyone receives Christmas’ best

“That’s my favorite present I ever received.”

This time of year brings reflections of many kinds.

Of course, there are those who remember that special Christmas gift, sometimes one they still have and cherish. Others think about a certain year when all of the family was together last, or even that one big tree.

Sometimes, it seems insignificant to others, but forever a special place in memory of another closest to their heart. That might be sad passing of a loved one during the season, possibly a most joyous birth or marriage.

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.The radio program director recalled a toy sleigh filled with candy canes received as a child decades ago. Sentimentality, he remarked, “I ate the candy, but I still have the sleigh.”

For weeks, the younger set has been busy making lists, writing to Mr. Claus, and dropping hints to family. Yes, at the North Pole, everybody is going every which way. Checking who’s been naughty and nice, what Johnny and Joany want, and their home address changes.

Stableman has eight regular-working reindeer plus Rudolph under strict training regimen for one big night’s flying across the world skies.

Mechanical toys top many ask-lists nowadays. Yet, there are still the traditional requests of generations-gone-by – baby dolls, farm sets, cowboy boots, a pistol just like Matt’s.

Santa’s never been able to oblige. But, fortunately, Dad, Mom, sometimes Grandpa, even extraordinaire uncle step up when “A pony is all I want for Christmas.”

It didn’t look much like a real one, but that bright red rocking horse was perfect for a 3-year-old already-wannabe-cowboy. Dominoes from a pound coffee can fit his appetite ready for chasing Grandma’s television outlaws across the living room prairie.

It was another eight years before the real horse came, and that wasn’t even Christmas, but a forever appreciated gift.

Aunt Lu was a Christmas baby whose positive influences have always guided, continuing today from Heaven above.

Some thought Dynamite, the’69 beige Caprice, was going to a fire honking down Highway 50 for 1970 Christmas Eve.

New to that family’s traditions, grocery boy was welcomed when country girl found a special ring packaged in Dynamite’s trunk.

Christmas celebrates everybody’s best gift of all.

Remember Romans 6:23: “Wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

A Cowboy’s Faith: Living impaired forever worthwhile

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Cowboys always used to shoot their horses when a leg was broken.”

That’s morbidly, sadly true.

Generally there was thought to be no alternative. Treatment and recovery were considered impossible or nearly so from physical, financial and logistics standpoints.

Truly from kindness of heart, love of mount, stopping misery, pain, inevitable death after long suffering, bullet seemed best.

Today is different than decades gone by fortunately in certain situations. With modern medicine, knowledge, techniques, previously untreatable leg injury can be doctored back to normal or nearly so.

Very regrettably, despite modern sophistication, education, research and equipment, recovery is still sometimes thought impossible.

Again, after every resource and effort has been exercised, life end is deemed only humane action. Simple painless prick injection puts suffering to sleep peacefully.

Yet, those with permanently injured and even completely missing limbs can often continue onward with most useful lives.

A repeated reflection of several permanently lame horses – they’d still run their hearts out and win in many speed competitions day after day among the stringiest runners.

Science and medicine will contradict it, but other always unsound horses, unable to move without gimp, go sound in rail classes. Hurt completely unknowable by the best of horsemen and judges, they win too.

Many say it can’t happen, but proof is in performance, all because that horse has so much try and such a big heart.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Plenty of jobs available

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Many people really just don’t want to work.”

Unemployment figures are tabulated regularly, often reporting decline in people with jobs. Of course, with exceptions, most people do work. Yet, they too expect some time off for relaxation, and then are ready to get back to useful employment.

Truth is there are bunches of occupations available. Just look at the want ads, help needed categories on the computer.

Admittedly majority of the tasks require certain skills that are not readily available. Always there are jobs requiring minimal abilities be able to walk, lift, talk, show up, and that’s about it. Oh, there’s a drug test requirement nowadays putting handicap on a certain number, too.

So getting work may not be as easy as it seems. Some folks can’t walk; more others can’t lift; increasing numbers can’t speak so others understand. And, there’s that illegal medication dilemma.

Still, the biggest problem, according to many employers talked to, workers showing up. New personnel come the first day, maybe even regularly for a couple of weeks. Then the worker doesn’t come in or even report in. Sometimes they’ll come in the next day and except to work, and get fired.

Others are forgiven again and again but keep testing the employer until they’re forced to be let go, too.

Even those who are dedicated employees, good workers, seem to have incomprehensible number of conflicts. They have a snotty nose; their children are sick; there’s a ballgame to see; parents are incapacitated; something else.

Soon all vacation time and sick leave are used up. The employee still expects time off. And usually gets it, or quits the job.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Helping others most efficiently

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Everybody has their hand out asking for a hand out.”

That’s not true, but when ‘tis the season of giving, more than ever come solicitations for good doing.

Being on both sides of this equation, it becomes very complicated.

For many years having served on foundation boards seeking assistance, there are obvious needs.

From the opposite side, working with efforts to receive stipends from foundations that assist others, there are those obvious needs as well.

Two key elements come into play in both situations.

Accumulated funds must be distributed to the set effort at hand. It’s not easy knowing who or what has the most need and will put stipends to best use.

Biggest concern though is that all of the generously donated dollars go to the cause for which they were requested.

Most people think if they give a dollar to any worthwhile effort, those needing it receive every penny.

In certain foundations, trusts, and Good Samaritan groups, that’s the way it is. Unpaid volunteers manage funds and are conscientious in wisest distribution of hard-earned stipends donated to help others.

Help House News: Annual quilt raffle builds funds

You could win this quilt and assist Help House at the same time.

By Raylene Quaney

Help House is holding another quilt raffle for a full-size quilt made by Vicky Lawrence, of Overbrook. Tickets are $5 for one ticket, or three tickets for $10. Ask any volunteer to purchase a ticket, or call the center at 785-828-4888 for information or to order tickets by phone.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign has begun, and kettles have been placed in area businesses throughout Osage County.

If you, your family, organization or group would like to volunteer to be a bell ringer this year, please call Help House at 785-828-4888 to leave your contact information. We will be in touch soon. The fundraising goal set last year for our county was $5,500 with more than $7,000 raised. We are hoping to exceed that amount this year. Remember when giving that 86 percent of your donation stays in Osage County to help with emergency assistance.

Amazon Smiles

Remember when shopping for Christmas, if you are ordering from Amazon, you may donate a percentage to Help House through Amazon Smiles; look for the link on Amazon’s website.

Christmas stores

Help House has begun collecting new toys, and gifts for men and women for the Christmas stores.  If you are dropping off items at Help House, please do not leave them in the shed, bring them into the center during business hours.

Adopt a family; share during the holidays

As we turn our thoughts to the holiday season we begin thinking of the many children and families who will be struggling to have food on their table or gifts for their children.

The Ecumenical Christian Action Team, of Osage City, will be giving out food boxes to 78 families and individuals this year. At Christmas they will receive a holiday breakfast and dinner. All children will receive gifts from their adoptive family. Adoptive families can be individuals, clubs, organizations or schools that have a desire to share what they have and give back to those who have less.

If you are interested in being a part of the ECAT holiday food and gift program or would like to make a monetary donation to help defray the cost of the food, call Mary Tomlinson at 785-224-3185.

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