Church gives aid with breakfast

By JENELLE JOHNSON
Family Living Editor

Residents can help the needy while filling their tummies Saturday morning.
A community breakfast put on by St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 202 S. Walnut, will be the first of many to raise money for the church’s outreach projects within Iola.
The breakfast is free for those in need, while a free-will offering will be accepted by those who wish to contribute to the church’s efforts to help two specific targets: A cancer patient unable to afford his rent and travel expenses to out-of-town treatments and appointments and Hope Unlimited, a shelter for abused women and children.
In the past the church has sponsored evening dinners to raise money for its outreach efforts.
“We thought we’d try something different this year by having the breakfasts,” said parishioner Sue O’Connor.
The meal of sausage, pancakes, scrambled eggs and drinks will be served from 7 to 9:30 a.m.
Church members began the meals several years ago as a way to help community members through stressful economic times.
Proceeds also help fund a Backpack Program that gives low-income elementary-age children enough food to take home on Fridays to sustain them through the weekend. The program is coordinated with elementary school principals.
The Backpack Program has also aided several families this summer by providing weekly meals for children who otherwise might go hungry.
The church also will provide a holiday dinner on Thanksgiving or Christmas for area residents who might not have family to spend the holiday with.
“I always enjoy the holiday dinners. We usually have a lot of seniors who like to get dressed up and come eat with us,” O’Connor said.
In September the church will have its annual chicken and noodle dinner. Last year church cooks made nine roasters full of chicken and noodles and were completely sold out within an hour and half after the opening the church doors.
“We have a lot of fun cooking for the dinner, and we have a lot of good cooks,” O’Connor said.
Church members donate all the food that is sold at the dinners.
Carryout is available at each meal and if people call the church in advance food will be delivered locally to those who don’t have transportation to the church.