Coats for Kids drive underway

By Mandy Underwood

Since 1991, Helping Hands of Wabash County has been working hard to serve the people of Wabash.

This volunteer organization has many different services to offer the less fortunate in the community such as a thrift store, meal services, food pantry, coats for kids, free haircuts and a gardening program, along with other services.

Currently, Helping Hands in conducting it’s Coats for Kids program.

Coats for Kids is done each fall and serves an average of 200 people a year. Children who qualify receive five pairs of underwear, five pairs of socks, a hat, gloves and a coat. All of those items are bought new with funds raised by the Helping Hands thrift store. All people who work within Helping Hands are unpaid volunteers which helps to supplement these funds.
In order for children to qualify for this generous gift, they must attend school within Wabash County and be between two years old to a high school senior.

To sign up for this service, a form, found at the front desk of Helping Hands thrift store needs to be filled out and turned in along with proof of registration at a Wabash County school.

Helping Hands CEO, Lorraine Selleck spoke with The Paper of Wabash County about the process and urges people wanting to take advantage of these services to be patient and try their best to be the ones filling out the information required.

“We want to provide people with these services, but we also want to provide people with an opportunity to learn to be responsible and do what they can for themselves,” she said.

“We also help with other things, such as helping pay for bills and prescriptions, and we are happy to do that, but we do ask that you let us know in advance, as soon as you know of your needs so we can get the money together.”

Selleck also encourages people to donate their used clothing and other items to the thrift store by dropping them off at the store. Items can be brought in through the front door.

Helping Hands is located at 20 E. Canal St., Wabash and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, and closed Sunday. 

Posted on 2019 Nov 05