Thursday, May 9, 2019

Area Shriners Selling Sweet Vidalia Onions


Sweet Vidalia onions from Georgia are available from area Shriners while they last.

Noble Bobby Whitekiller said the annual fundraiser helps support the building fund for taking care of the Bedouin Shrine Temple in Muskogee and the transportation fund for taking children to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in St. Louis, Mo., Shreveport, La., and the Burn Center in Galveston, Texas.

“We make sure that when children get hurt, whether it’s problems with legs or burn victims or whatever the case may be, that there’s absolutely no expense whatsoever passed on to the family,” Whitekiller said, adding that even medical expenses are covered. “There’s enough heartache and problems with a situation like that. The last thing they need is to worry about a medical expense or anything else. That’s one less thing they have to worry about.”

Because the onions are harvested at the peak of freshness and distributed immediately, Whitekiller said they will last longer than onions purchased in a grocery store.

“They harvest these onions out of Vidalia, Ga. They are harvested, packaged and loaded on the truck and brought directly up here,” he said, adding they will keep from a month up to three or more months. “These onions are probably less than a week old from the time they’re harvested, brought to us and we distribute them right away. These onions are about as fresh as you could possibly get.”

The 350 bags of onions allotted for Sequoyah County are going quickly, and Whitekiller expects them to be sold out within the next two weeks.

Anyone interested in purchasing a 10-pound bag of onions for $10 can contact Whitekiller on Facebook, by email at or by calling 918-208-7478. John Boyett will have onions available in Muldrow weekdays at the Masonic Temple or by calling 479-806-2039. In Sallisaw and Vian, contact Bill Cassidy at 918-315-1354.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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