Hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving Day. I’m looking forward to a fun day with family. Please remember those who will not get to have a family dinner – or any dinner at all. There are many ways to help out the less fortunate during the holidays right here in our communities. We have food banks, community dinners, homeless shelters, churches, and other organizations hoping you will help them out.
LET’S GET TO WORK!
There was good news on the job front this week. The Kansas unemployment rate dropped from 5.7% in September to 5.6% in October. The Kansas Department of Labor also reported that there were 18,400 more private sector jobs in October of 2013 than in October 2012. The most growth was in business and professional services.
If you’re looking for a job:
- A new pet food plant is coming to Topeka. Crosswind Petfoods will employ 31 people and hold a job fair on December 14 at the Ramada Hotel Downtown. Those interested in applying for a job should call Zana Niehues at 785-284-3462, ext 206 to get an application or go online at www.crosswindpetfoods.com.
- Security Benefit has a number of job openings in Topeka. Go to https://rn22.ultipro.com/SEC1001/JobBoard/LIstJobs.aspx for more information.
- Frito Lay has several jobs on its website at www.fritolayjobs.com. There are links to both management and non-management jobs.
- The Goodyear plant has a number of openings. Go to www.goodyear.com/careers to apply.
WHAT’S GOING ON
A new report shows that nearly 1 in 4 Kansas children live in poverty now. We shouldn’t be surprised considering that we raised taxes on the poorest Kansans, made it harder for poor families to get food assistance, and have a record number of kids going into the foster care system. Another report shows we have a $48 million surplus in the fund that provides food stamps for poor families, while we turned down money for local food banks to help families get food stamps. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can provide help for the neediest and also provide them the tools to get themselves out of poverty – if we make it a priority. I hope the 2014 legislature takes a look at these disturbing trends for Kansas kids.
If you have community events coming up, let me know. This email goes to nearly 3000 homes in Shawnee, Osage, and Douglas counties. I’d love to help you get the word out! Just remember to send your activities ahead of time as newsletters only go out every few weeks when the legislature is not in session.
- Friday/Saturday, Nov. 22-23: CASA Holiday Homes Tour from 10 am to 5 pm. $10 in advance at Walgreen’s, Porterfield’s, Flowers by Bill. $12 at the door at any of the tour homes. CASA provides a voice for children in foster care. For addresses go to www.casaofshawneecounty.com.
- Sunday, November 24: Prairie Pickers at the Auburn Community Center from 1 to 5 pm.
- Thursday, Nov. 26: Food pantry and the Closet open at Stull United Methodist Church 7-9 pm
- Thursday, Nov. 28: Free community Thanksgiving dinner from 11 am to 1 pm at the Stull United Methodist Church.
- Sunday, Dec. 1: Santa arrives at the Great Overland Station at 1:15 pm on a Union Pacific Train. You and the family can get your picture taken with Santa, get treats, crafts, and mini-hand car rides. Admission 12 and under free. Adults and seniors $3 each.
- Wednesday, Dec. 4: Tecumseh Community Dinner at the Tecumseh United Methodist Church from 5-6:30 pm. Lasagna, salad, green beans, dessert. Free will offering.
- Friday, Dec. 6: Go Red for Women luncheon to fight heart disease and educate women about their number 1 killer. Ramada Hotel Downtown. For tickets and information, go to www.topekagoredforwomen.org.
- Saturday, Dec. 7: 2nd Annual Holiday Craft Show at Berryton Elementary School (2921 SE 69th Street) sponsored by the PTO. 9 am to 4 pm. Exhibitors welcome. If interested call Christie Slay at 861-1300 or at email@example.com.
- Saturday, Dec. 7: Overbrook Betterment Club annual Sleigh Ride with Santa kids event at 10 am.
- Saturday, Dec. 7: Burlingame Annual Country Christmas. A full day of fun activities including biscuits and gravy breakfast, bake sale, craft sale, pictures with Santa, Festival of Trees, story time, chili feed and parade of lights! Look in the Osage County Herald Chronicle for a list of events.
- Saturday, Dec. 7: Stull United Methodist Church pancake and sausage fundraiser. 7 to 11 am. Free will donation. Craft, gift baskets, food and fun.
- Sunday, Dec. 8: Overbrook Holiday Homes Tour leaves from the Methodist Church at 1 pm. Boy Scout lunch starts at the church at 11 am.
- Saturday, Dec. 14: Annual Overbrook Community Christmas on the City Square – 7 pm.
- First Saturday of each month the Berryton Pickers host a free program at the Berryton Baptist Church. Gospel and country music. Free of charge.
- The Scranton Lions Club is collecting toys for the less fortunate from Nov. 15 to Dec. 6 for Help House in Lyndon. New, unwrapped toys can be taken to Kansas State Bank, Casey’s and the Scranton Attendance Center.