Helping Hands: A Resource for the Community

by Edna Nasby

Helping Hands continues to help the citizens of Beckley and Raleigh County on an almost daily basis with clothing and food.  They average approximately 700 clients a month and this number will continue to go up once the colder weather comes (which we know will happen eventually.) In case you’re wondering, our hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 AM to noon.

Donations of winter clothing is needed.  Please do not include summer clothing in your donations as they have no room to store them until next year.  Also needed is toilet tissue, soap and deodorant as well as non-perishable food.  These donations can be placed in the large black container outside the church office.

Something else to keep in mind during the fall months Helping Hands will be collecting blankets and jackets.  So go through your closets and find those jackets and blankets in good condition and put them aside for when that collection starts.

Many, many thanks to all those who contribute and volunteer.  Without your help, this mission could not continue to serve our community.  Please keep them in your prayers daily.

Helping Hands is Reaching Out

Edna Nasby and her crew at Helping Hands have created a display that can be used in any business to help collect donations of food and clothing.  If you know of a business or work at a place where this display can be used, please contact her.

Their mission statement reads as follows:

  • To function as an inter-faith inter-denominational community ministry providing information, referral and emergency assistance for those in need in Raleigh  County.
  • To exist to maximize resources available to those in need, to act within the network of churches and organizations providing emergency services.
  • To seek to offer coordinated information for the community and public good.
  • To provide boxed food to a family in a 30-day period.   Clothing is also on a 30-day period.

To do all of the above, your help is needed both in providing non-perishable food and clothing but also to volunteer a morning of your time.  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated and you will be blessed.  As always, keep this mission in your prayers as they help the less fortunate here in Raleigh County.

Men: Clean out your closet!

We have been truly blessed in this ministry with your prayers, support and donations of food, clothing and monetary gifts.  Through these donations, we have been able to help countless numbers of families this year who have fallen on hard times and need what we have to give.

We are constantly in need of men’s clothing and shoes.  So men, let’s help your wives with that spring cleaning and clean out a closet or two.

Now that summer has come and the children are out of school, let’s remember those families who may not have enough to keep their children fed while they are out of school.   Non-perishable food items can be left in the donation box outside the church office.

News for Helping Hands

God has richly blessed the ministry of Helping Hands with many, many volunteers without whom this ministry could not function.  We have also been blessed with the outpour of donations that are given to help those less fortunate in Beckley and Raleigh County.  Each month our ministry continues to grow and reach out to these families with food and clothing.

At the ABW Spring Rally last month their special project was what they called “Love Rolls” or toilet tissue.  You need to look for the Power Point picture to see the result – let’s say it was enormous and thanks to all the ladies who contributed.

As always, we are in need of non-perishable food items  and bar soap as our supply sometimes goes out as quickly as it comes in. Also, when you are doing your spring cleaning, if you come across any blankets that you wish to donate, we can store them until winter.   Donations can be left in the box outside the church office.  Please keep us in your prayers as we help those who pass through our doors.

You will be blessed beyond measure!

First of all, thank you so very much for your continued support of Helping Hands.  Without your prayers and donations, we would not be able to help the continuing need of those less fortunate in Raleigh County.  It’s been a rough winter and, with your donations of blankets and food, we made it through the cold weather.

We continue to need both non-perishable food items as well as soap and toilet tissue.   We could also use a few extra hands if you have some free time Tuesday through Friday mornings from 9:00 until noon. You will be blessed beyond measure.

Helping Hands Continues to Grow

Our ministry here at Helping Hands continues to grow on a daily and weekly basis, but we are blessed to be able to provide both food and clothing to those who are most needy.  We also have a great group of volunteers who work the front desk, food room, clothing room and drivers who pick up donated food from our local supermarkets.  These people are here week in and week out and this ministry could not exist without them.

We continue to need non-perishable food, soap and toilet paper and these donations can be left in the box outside the church office.  As always, please keep us in your prayers as we continue to serve the people in the Raleigh County area.

A Big, Big Thank You from Helping Hands

First of all, a big, big thank you to all of you for your donations of both food, clothing and blankets.  Your generosity is sometimes overwhelming and greatly appreciated.  Unfortunately, our needs here at Heling Hands grow almost on a daily basis especially with the extreme cold weather we’ve had lately.   Both our resources and our volunteers have been stretched sometimes past the breaking point.

Please continue with your food and clothing donations and also if you can spare a morning we really, really need some new volunteers.  We are open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 until noon and you will receive a blessing each and every time you help someone in need.   Donations can be dropped off at Helping Hands or in the large box outside the church office.

Also, please continue to keep us in your prayers daily as we serve the less fortunate here in Raleigh County and may God richly bless each and every one of you

We are Extremely Grateful

We here at Helping Hands are extremely grateful for the donations of food, clothing, blankets and money that we received last year from our FBC family.  Through your generosity, we were able to help literally thousands of people throughout the Raleigh County community last year.  A special thank you also to our volunteers who come week in and week out.  Without you, Helping Hands could not accomplish the tasks that need to be done.

As 2018 unfolds, our needs grow literally on a daily basis.  Your donations of food, clothing, and blankets are still needed and are greatly appreciated.  Please keep this ministry in your prayers as we minister to the people here in Raleigh County.

Thanks for Packing the Pulpit

Our thanks to all of you who helped pack the pulpit during the month of November. The response was overwhelming. With the cold weather now upon us, the need for food, blankets and winter coats is always a necessity. The needs of our community always grow during the winter months so your donations are greatly appreciated. We also thank all of you who volunteer throughout the year. Your help is a true blessing. Please keep this ministry in your prayers as we continue to serve the Raleigh County area.

Pack the Pulpit with Food and Blankets for Helping Hands

Once again this year we are continuing our Thanksgiving project of packing the pulpit with non-perishable food and blankets for Helping Hands.  Our goal is to pack the pulpit with so much food and blankets that Pastor Doc has to preach from the floor of the sanctuary the Sunday before Thanksgiving.    This project has been a huge success in the past and has been a huge blessing to our clients.   Our numbers continue to grow weekly and with the winter fast upon us, that need will surely increase.

We also could use gently used coats, all the way from babies to adults.  Many of our clients come in the winter months with virtually nothing in the way of winter outerwear.  So go through your closets and see if there’s a coat or two that you no longer wear that we could use.

As always, please keep us in your prayers as we continue to serve the people of Raleigh County.