“Then the righteous will answer him, ’Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go visit you?’
In 1991, a group of Woodruff area ministers gathered to discuss the best way to help individuals in the community who discovered themselves in need of assistance. They rallied the community and Helping Hands Ministries of Woodruff was founded. Start-up funds were donated by local churches, businesses, civic organizations and individuals. During that first year, more than 250 needy families received food, vital utility service and prescription medications that they could not purchase for themselves.
Helping Hands has grown steadily over the years. The organization now helps thousands of individuals and families each year remain fed, warm and healthy.
Helping Hands has been located in its present location since 1992. The organization boasts more than 115 supporting members, about 50 regular volunteers, and offers a large food pantry and freezer, special supplies for babies and referral assistance. Future initiatives include offering additional service for the aged, single parents and battered families.
CHURCHES are asked to make gifts to Helping Hands totaling at least $2 for each member of the church each year.
BUSINESSES are asked to make financial contributions totaling at least $200 to Helping Hands each year.
INDIVIDUALS are asked to give at least $25 each year to support their fellow citizens through Helping Hands.
Helping Hands is able to help the Woodruff community because of continuing support from volunteers, financial contributors, grants and prayers.
Helping Hands Ministries of the Woodruff Area strives to provide assistance, primarily in crisis situations, to individuals living in southern
Helping Hands primarily provides:
• heating fuel
• prescription medication
to those in need, regardless of race, religion, nationality or creed. In cases when needs cannot be reasonably met by Helping Hands, the organization will attempt to refer individuals to appropriate agencies for assistance.
Helping Hands seeks support from area churches, businesses, agencies and concerned individuals, and shares the collected resources as fairly as possible to those in need.