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Feeding the need

Holiday home tour benefits food pantry

December 4, 2003

A tour of Eudora's holiday-decorated homes is traveling a different road this year. In the second go-around, the event will not only include different stops but it will also benefit the Eudora Ministerial Alliance's food pantry.
Last year's home tour -- the first ever -- benefitted the 2003 Relay for Life, an annual event that raises money for the American Cancer Society. Until recently, it was doubtful Eudora would get to play host to a Relay in 2004 (See related story, below left.)
"I had so many people calling me," said organizer Julie Stewart. "(I thought) if we're getting this many people excited about it, we can certainly give the money to somebody."
The home tour, Stewart said, would also raise awareness about the food pantry, which provides edible goods to needy Eudorans.
"It's amazing how many people don't know it's there," Stewart said.
Food pantry volunteer Laura Klotz said money raised from the home tour will go toward the once-a-month $25 vouchers for C&S Market that help those in need purchase perishable food and items like diapers that St. Paul United Church of Christ, which houses the pantry, doesn't have the facilities to store. Klotz said there was such a need this summer that the ministrial alliance didn't have the funds to hand out vouchers.
The food pantry also allows those in need to get non-perishable food items every couple weeks. In the past, Klotz said donations came from not only churches but also from individuals and service organizatioins. Klotz said she had high hopes for the home tour, which raised more than $1,000 for the Relay for Life last year.
"I have a feeling, when this is all over, it will be one of our biggest," she said. "This is just going to be wonderful."
This year's home tour, from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14, will include eight homes, most of them different from the homes toured last year. A highlight of the tour, Stewart said, would be Sue Fulcher's home, which most Eudorans probably know as the Pilla House.
Built in 1895, the home features stained-glass windows and is furnished withantiques.
The Pilla house, and other homes on the tour, can be visited in any order. However, the historic Holy Family Catholic Church, at Ninth and Church streets, which will be part of the tour again, will also be the site of the community caroling event.
Caroling begins at 6 p.m. as the home tour winds down. The event, open to the community, will include trumpeting by Rick Williams and a performance by the Eudora United Methodist Church bell choir.
Each stop on the home tour will give ticket-holders a chance to get "stamped." Tickets with stamps from all nine stops will be entered in a drawing for four $50 gift certificates to C&S Market, courtesy of Eudora Realty.
Tickets for the home tour can be purchased from Stewart by calling 542-3379 or at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St. Each ticket is $10, the same price as last year. Stewart said that was a bargain considering home tours in the Kansas City area often cost $20 to $25 apiece.
"It's for a good cause, and it stays in town," she said.

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