COLUMBUS, Kan. — The SKIL Resource Center in Columbus will hold its free annual customer appreciation picnic July 31 and invites the public to attend.

The free picnic will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Columbus City Park on Country Rd. and Kansas Ave., in the parking lot in front of the shelter.

In keeping with Coronavirus safety measures, the event will be a drive-up, walk-up, roll-up event with social distancing, SKIL President/CEO Shari Coatney said in a press release. There will be hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks served.

"SKIL appreciates all of the support we receive from our customers and community," Coatney said. "The community is very supportive of SKIL and our work. We’ll be excited to see you, so please come by and pick up your free meal."

SKIL holds the free picnics every year, to thank its customers and to further introduce the public to SKIL, a local non-profit independent living center. The picnics are held in towns where SKIL has a branch office.

SKIL is a multi-faceted independent living resource center that serves people with all types of disabilities or those whose environment is disabling. Headquartered in Parsons, SKIL has branch offices in Chanute, Columbus, Fredonia, Independence, Pittsburg and Sedan. For more information, call 1-800-688-5616 or contact any SKIL office. On the web at: