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Sunflower Diversified selling lunch on four Wednesdays in October
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          On four of the five Wednesdays in October, the community can take a “Hump Day” break and let someone else do the cooking at lunchtime.

          This first-time fundraiser for Sunflower Diversified Services is a new addition to its annual Sunrise Campaign. All proceeds directly support infants, toddlers and adults with developmental disabilities and delays.

          The non-profit agency will be serving up hamburgers, chips and choice of drink from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at Sunflower Diversified Recycling, 5523 10th.

          “We encourage everyone to come out for a to-go burger on these four Wednesdays in October,” said Connie Oetken, Sunflower director of development. “You can get a good meal for only $6, while supporting our neighbors who need a helping hand.

          “You can either stop by the recycling center on the Wednesdays or phone in your order in advance,” Oetken added. “Either way, the people Sunflower serves will appreciate your participation.”

          Pre-orders can be made on the Tuesdays before the events by calling 620-639-1433.

          “Our Sunrise Campaign is in its 14th year,” Oetken noted. “Its proceeds are even more important today than ever before. Families’ needs are growing, costs are increasing and tax revenues have been drastically cut.

          “Nevertheless, we must continue to support the people who come to us for help,” she added. “Insurance and tax dollars don’t even come close to paying for critical services and equipment. Donations from the community are the only way to fill those gaps.”

          Sunflower’s service area includes Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties; the agency is in its 48thyear.