Suzanne Fehseke is the coordinator and member of The 4 Winds Mahjongg League. In this Q5, she talks about helping with the Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services for a holiday food drive.

Suzanne Fehseke is the coordinator and member of The 4 Winds Mahjongg League. In this Q5, she talks about helping with the Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services for a holiday food drive.

1. Suzie what is The 4 Winds Mahjongg League? How long has the league been playing Mahjongg and how many members are there?
The 4 Winds Mahjongg League is a collection of men and women from all around the Basehor area that love to play Mahjongg. We began playing in 2012 and have grown to about 50 active players.

2. What does the league do in November and December in coordination with the Basehor Community Library? And why did the members decide to start this charitable act?
Many of our players are volunteers for Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services. Along with the Basehor library and its extraordinary commitment to the community, a holiday food drive for BLAS seemed like a perfect way to support a worthy organization. Our league has had one every November-December since 2012 and the Basehor community has responded overwhelmingly. We were receiving food in October and we didn’t even have our bucket out yet.

3. How does the Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services provide help and support to residents? What do you like best about being part of the Basehor community?
BLAS provides support through the food pantry, Adopt-A-Family at Christmas, Backpack Buddies for 45 elementary students and rent/utilities assistance. The Basehor community is very caring and always willing to help with donations of food, time and money.

4. Do you think it’s important for all communities to help their fellow residents and ensure that people who are struggling have food for themselves and their children?
Absolutely, we should all spend time in our lives “giving back.” Sometimes people just need a little helping hand to get past the road block that keeps them from helping themselves.

5. How can people help you to collect food and distribute it? Who should they contact?
People can collect food at their work or church, or have school drives or private donations. If anyone has food to deliver, they can bring it to the food pantry between 5-6 p.m. on Thursdays. We are located by the Basehor United Methodist Church. Donations may be sent to BLAS, PO Box 314, Basehor, KS, 66007.

– Rimsie McConiga