Junior Edwards used to work and volunteer at the Wesley House all the time in his younger years. He would work at the front desk.

Junior Edwards used to work and volunteer at the Wesley House all the time in his younger years. He would work at the front desk.

When he became a resident at Sunset Manor in Frontenac, he made sure that he could still visit and help the Wesley House, including getting a meal there  once a week.

“That was just one of the things he wanted to get back into when he came here,” said Amie Feagan, Sunset Manor activities director.

That connection to Wesley House is why Feagan chose Edwards to be a part of a food drive to benefit the Wesley House. All told, the facility raised enough food and toiletries to pack a large box.

“The residents responded pretty well,” Feagan said. “They usually do for any type of fundraiser. Everyone, from the staff to the residents to the families of the residents were donating.”

The donations, including everything from ginger snaps to shampoo, will go to the Wesley House in a time where every donation comes in handy.

“We’re doing OK right now,” said Casey Brown, Wesley House administrative assistant. “We had a lot from Christmas come in, not only to help with Christmas needs, but also to restock the pantry.”

In particular, the Sunset Manor donations come just in time to provide for more families in need for the Christmas holiday.

“We had about 750 families signed up last week for the Christmas food distribution,” Brown said. “We had another 70 families come through in the last two days. We’ll distribute those today and tomorrow through Christmas. Even if they didn’t get signed up, we’ll do it until we run out of food.”

In fact, Brown said that no matter how things may seem at the Wesley House, donations are always welcome, accepted and needed. Because no matter how it may seem, the Wesley House may be as close as a day away from being in need.

“Even when we look well, things can go off our shelf so quick,” Brown said. “It may seem full one minute, and then by the end of the day, maybe there’s nothing left. Any type of food and toiletries at any time could help us out.”

Brown estimates that the Wesley House could serve more than 1,000 families  in the month of December alone.

“We still have a lot of people that will need help,” Brown said. “I imagine they’ll be coming by today and tomorrow.”

Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 132.