The Beacon: Accepting Applications for Adopt-A-Child, Elks Christmas Basket

Gary Murrell, director of The Beacon speaks to the Bourbon County Coalition on Nov. 6 about the agency.

On the first Wednesday of each month, local helping agencies meet to share what their agencies have to offer Bourbon County families who are in need. This networking has the  goal of  bringing local agencies together to foster self-reliance on the part of families in need.

On Nov. 6, Gary Murrell, director of the Beacon, an inter-faith, not-for-profit organization, gave a little history of the agency and told what services they provide to the community.

Currently, the agency is signing up people for the Adopt-A-Child program, which helps with Christmas presents and also the Elks Christmas Basket Distribution. The sign-up continues on Nov.12 from 5-6 p.m. at The Beacon, 525 E. 6th.

The organization was established in 1985 to serve Bourbon County residents in need. It is funded by donations from churches, civic organizations, schools, businesses and individuals. Also, each year the Beacon applies for various grants to help with food and monetary assistance.

“Each month, we serve approximately 960 individuals,” Murrell said. “If a person is on food stamps, they are automatically eligible.”

“They are trying to make it….” Murrell said, “but life comes.”

The Beacon can also assist with rent, electricity and water utilities.

In addition, the Beacon provides food packages, along with non-food items like blankets, toiletries, laundry powder, and diapers.

“We are starting to collect coats for our individuals,” Murrell said.

“No one is ever charged,” he said.

To receive assistance, individuals must be willing to share information about their current income levels and proof of Bourbon County residency. Families in crisis are considered on a case-by-case basis.


Gary Murrell, director of the Beacon.

For more information: 620-223-6869.



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