HutchCares holds appreciation banquet

The Hutchinson County Child Welfare is preparing for its second annual “No Excuse For Abuse” 5k fun run/walk.A local nonprofit organization took time to honor its volunteers at a special banquet Tuesday evening.HutchCares Living At Home held its annual appreciation banquet Tuesday evening at Fairlanes Baptist Church. In addition to the banquet itself, a silent auction was also held as a fundraiser for the organization. Among the items auctioned were baked goods, household items, and gift certificates for various restaurants and services.Providing entertainment for the banquet was Central Baptist Church music minister John Alexander and accompanist Linda Cox.Ted Wilson, pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist Church and president of the organization’s board of directors, took time to recognize the volunteers involved with the organization, as well as the board members, and also people who have been helped by the organization.He encouraged those in attendance to get involved with the organization, whether in a board position or as a volunteer.Wilson also said that the influence of HutchCares has stretched beyond Hutchinson County. Gray County has started a similar organization for its senior citizens, and Moore County is planning to do the same as well.The organization is designed to assist senior adults in staying in their homes as long as possible. The services are provided by volunteers and are completely free of charge to its clients.Services provided by the organization’s volunteers are driving services to medical, personal, and health care appointments, light housekeeping, reminder or comfort phone calls, grocery shopping, the building of wheelchair ramps, and replacement of light bulb and smoke alarm/carbon monoxide batteries.As a community-based program, the organization receives funding from private donations and fund raisers.Director of HutchCares is Kim Cook. Other staff members include Delores (Dee) Duncan, office manager; Polly Gillingham, office volunteer; and Cheryl Fisher, web site administrator and driver.To find out more the HutchCares organization or how to get involved, call 677-1708, log on to the organization’s web site at, or like the organization’s Facebook page.