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Help House News: Community cooperation completes parking project

By Raylene Quaney

We are thrilled to have the parking area paved, as well as two parking lot lights and a security system that has views of all four sides of the building installed and completed.

Thank you to Ted Hazelton for all his efforts to secure the grant money and head up the building committee; Jerry Bilyeu, Johnny Neill, Raylene Quaney and Nancy Alley for serving on the committee; Lance Jones, Curtis Janssen, Ryan Jones and Dan Coffman for their help at different times to complete this project; James Kline and Signature Concrete for the construction; and Don Bailey who installed the security system and helped with the parking lot lights. Thank you also to Judge Taylor and Heather Wine for donating the usage of their golf cart, and to Lyndon Storage for donating the space to park the golf cart for two weeks. Thank you also to the Osage County Sheriff’s Department, which has been delivering food to those who cannot  come to Help House, and collecting food and personal items for Help House. Thank you to Pastor Jonathon Moore and the congregation of the Lyndon First Baptist Church who donated to Help House additional property to complete the dimensions for the parking lot. God bless you!

Help House will continue with scheduled curbside food orders for the rest of the month of May, however we will be going back to our normal hours, 4-7 p.m. Monday evenings and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, beginning this week.

We are at this time planning on allowing people to enter the building on June 1. We will continue to operate by scheduling visits and only allow individuals into the building if they are wearing a mask or face covering and gloves. They will be limited to 30 minute appointment that includes both food pantry and shopping outside of the pantry. Those who only want to shop on the floor will also need to make an appointment. Only one family member will be allowed to enter and shop.

If you are like a lot of us, we have been cleaning and purging our homes while we were under shelter in place orders and we have been hearing from a lot of you wondering when we will be taking donations again on items other than donations of food. This will happen  on June 1. 

After an extensive conversation and resources provided by Osage County Health Department director Jackie Patterson, we will have a system in place to allow items donated to be held for a week before staff sorts and distributes to the floor. With that time frame, the virus should no longer be viable on any of the materials such as plastic, stainless steel, copper, paper, glass, cardboard, wood or clothing materials. Wearing gloves while sorting and frequent hand washing was also encouraged. Wiping down surfaces with disinfectant before and after will also be required, which is already our protocol, so these standards are easily met.

Due to these constraints and our limited storage space we will also need to plan ahead for receiving donations that people have been waiting to bring in. It will be necessary to call 785-828-4888 and schedule the day and time that we can receive. We will need to limit the number of bags of clothing to two and no more than two boxes of miscellaneous items at a time. Again this is because we have to hold them in storage before the volunteers can safely handle them and they can be put out on the floor.

We are able to have the garage sale on June 19 and 20 here at Help House. Lois Schuck will again be organizing this event. Garage sale donations will also be accepted starting June 1.  Please indicate on items that they are for the garage sale.

Also beginning on June 1 is the KU and KSU Afghan Raffle. These afghans were crocheted and donated by Peggy Kampsen. Thank you Peggy! Tickets and prices will be available on May 29. Stop by and pick up some to sell to your friends. Which afghan will sell the most raffle tickets, KU or KSU? The final drawings will be on Aug. 15.

At this time, Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair has been cancelled and we are unsure if Overbrook is going to have a fair this year. So that means our fundraising efforts will be between the garage sale, KU and KSU afghans raffle, and possibly a silent auction at the Overbrook Osage County Fair.

So much to be thankful for during these times. As we here at Help House continue to grow, renew and create the what, and how of the ministries and  mission of Help House, we must forever keep in our hearts the why – serving Christ Our Lord by serving our friends and neighbors here in Osage County


For more information, contact Help House at 785-828-4888,, or 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan.

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