Yukon card players ready to party – for a good cause

Compassionate Hands' acclaimed charity benefit returns Oct. 8 after COVID hiatus

Retired Yukon educators enjoy camaraderie and friendly competition during the August 2019 Yukon Compassionate Hands’ Card Party benefit: From left, Barbara Fowler, Charlotte Lopp, Eleanor Harris, and Susie Grimes. This ever-popular event will return Friday, Oct. 8 at Town & Country Christian Church, 2200 S Cornwell. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

An uber-popular charity benefit that brings out avid card players for some fellowship and friendly competition will make its triumphant return this fall.

Yukon’s Compassionate Hands will present the 2021 Card Party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 at Town & Country Christian Church, 2200 S Cornwell.

For several years, the Yukon non-profit helping ministry has raised funds during two card benefits annually. Then COVID-19 happened.

“We haven’t been able to have our card party since February 2020 because of the pandemic,” Compassionate Hands Director Joanne Riley said. “Everyone has really missed it.

“We usually have at least 100 people come out and play card and table games, like Mahjong, Farkle, Bridge, and others. Most of the players join us year after year, and really look forward to getting together. It’s lots of fun.”

Participants enjoy lunch, door prizes and a 50/50 cash raffle. Tickets are $20 each.

Next up for Compassionate Hands is the third annual Yukon Main Street “Cruise-in For a Cause” set 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 in downtown Yukon.

“We have been one of the four ‘causes’ each year that help Yukon citizens,” Riley said. “For our product drive, we will be collecting rolls of toilet paper. Our tagline is ‘Roll Out the Help’.”

During the 2020 Main Street cruise, more than 600 rolls were collected.

Compassionate Hands’ volunteers and staff will man a booth on Fourth Street.

Non-profit help causes are selected annually to benefit from “Park & Show” entries, monetary gifts collected and product drives.

Other causes at the Sept. 16th event will be Yukon Sharing, Manna Pantry and Canadian County Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).


Meanwhile, Compassionate Hands recently received another significant boost from Yukon Masonic Lodge #90.

Members presented the Yukon helping agency with a $1,000 “matching” gift for the inaugural Bake-less Bake Sale in May.

“That bring the total donation from this event to more than $3,000,” Riley said. “We will continue this very successful effort that helps fuel our two accessible vans.

“The Yukon Masons have been faithful supporters of Compassionate Hands for many years.”

Yukon Masonic Lodge #90 members present a large matching funds gift to Yukon Compassionate Hands for the inaugural Bake-less Bake Sale: From left, Yukon Mason Cliff Tardif, Compassionate Hands’ Board Member Homer Cobb, Yukon Masonic Lodge Worshipful Master Jim Flaming, Yukon Mason Bill Crisler, Compassionate Hands’ Director Joanne Riley, Compassionate Hands’ Board Member David Murphy, Compassionate Hands’ Board Member Janis Thomas, and Yukon Mason Dave Sutton. (Photo provided)

Through the first seven months of 2020, Yukon Compassionate Hands has helped about 225 families (with nearly 550 family members) pay their rent and utilities and by providing personal items.

Compassionate Hands needs help re-stocking its supply to serve people facing temporary crisis.

“We distribute an abundance of personal hygiene items, laundry soap, toilet paper, and diapers that cannot be bought with SNAP benefits,” Riley shared. “At this time, we need all of these items. We’re out of almost everything.”

Through July, Compassionate Hands’ two accessible vans have made more than 1,000 trips in 2021. The Care-A-Van has given more than 600 seniors and residents with disabilities rides to medical appointments, shopping and personal errands.

To help the cause, call (405) 354-9591 or stop by the office at 119 S 6th.