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Join Help House’s fan club! Help someone stay cool this summer

By Raylene Quaney

The Summer Fan Club began May 1 and will continue through the summer. Donations of new and gently used fans, or cash to be used to purchase a fan, are accepted to be given out to those needing a way to cool off this summer. There have been over 30 households sign up to receive fans to date. You may mail your cash donations (please note “Fan Club” in memo) to purchase a fan for someone to Help House, PO Box 356, Lyndon KS 66451.

Christmas in July

Saturday, July 8, Help House will have Christmas in July. Mrs. Claus will be there with her naughty or nice meter to check status of children. Anyone may bring in a fan to Mrs. Claus for the Fan Club. This will get you on the “nice list” for sure.


June special donations include four cases of Girl Scout Cookies from Troup 3149 in Osage City. These girls had a number of cookies to share based on their cookie sales. Thank you so much. What a treat this will be for those receiving Girl Scout cookies in their food baskets. Lyndon United Methodist Church donated 153 food and health care items through their vacation Bible school mission outreach, and the Zion Lutheran Church, Vassar, donated $287.05 in cash to the food pantry that was collected in offerings during their vacation Bible school.

Computer classes available

Absolutely basic computer: Want to learn basic computer skills?  This is for the individual who does not know how to operate a computer. Learn from how to turn it on, to using it for your own enjoyment or education, it’s time to take this class. No stress, or pressure and absolutely nothing to simple or basic to learn and master. Learn at your own pace. This is designed for adults of all ages with personal instruction and patience. Expand your horizons you are never too old to learn something new.

Skills for employment: This course will provide hands-on and immediate assistance with job search and applications. Included in this course would be assistance with using a computer to find job opportunities as well as setting up a folder containing a well-written resume for applicants to present to prospective employers. Provided along the way will be helpful tips in communicating electronically with prospective employers as well as writing and composition errors to avoid when applying for jobs and constructing resumes.

Classes are free of charge and open to the public but will be limited to four individuals per session and will be held in two 90-minute sessions. For more information, call Help House at 785-828-4888 during business hours or stop by and leave your contact information. Classes will be available 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings or 9-10:30 a.m. Saturdays. The second sessions will generally be held the following week at the same time. If you sign up and find you will be unable to attend, please let us know so we can fill your spot from a waiting list.

Coming up

Help House volunteers have been contacting area businesses and accepting individual donations for our main annual fundraising events. Our silent auctions are held this summer during the Melvern Sunflower Days on June 24, and during the Overbrook Osage County Fair, on Aug. 12. Be sure to check out all of the great items up for bid while at the fairs.

Help House needs

Help House pantry is in need of diapers in all sizes, shampoo, women’s personal hygiene products, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, dish soap, razors, shaving cream. While traveling this summer if you don’t use the complimentary personal items left for guests at hotels and motels, take along a baggie and bring them into Help House when you return home.

Good Sense Budget Course

The next “Good Sense Budget Course” will be held 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, for a one-day course.  Once the class has been completed, the class participants will be eligible to apply for assistance to help with heating or cooling cost. Assistance is provided on limited bases for any heating source whether it is gas, electric, propane or wood. During summer months assistance may be provided for electric utility bills for the additional cost of cooling your home. You must come into Help House to pre-register and pick up your information packet, which includes pre-course work to be completed before the first class. For more information, call 785-828-4888. Participants are asked to bring a drink and sack lunch with them.

Help House is open on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Help House is at 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon. For more information, contact Help House at 785-828-4888, or email

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