Logan County Helping Hands will be having its second Community Benefit Dinner and Auction on June 18 starting at 4 p.m. at Russellville High School Gym. A spaghetti dinner with garlic bread, drink and dessert will be offered for $5, then a live auction will follow.
In January of 2015, Jennifer Dodson and Lacey Tooley began Helping Hands to provide for the many needs of Logan County citizens. Dodson serves as the president of the Logan County/Russellville Helping Hands, while Tooley serves as vice president. Their motto is “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
The women began their journey by becoming a non-profit organization, earning their 501-C3 status. Then they opened a thrift shop, located at 1211 Nashville Road, to help bring in funds to use on those who need them.
“The store offers a variety of items, from household and kitchen to clothes, shoes, knickknacks and all sorts of odds and ends,” said Tooley. “We accept donations and then price them low so people can afford to buy them.” The two women then turn around and use that money for food boxes, personal hygiene items and cleaning and school supplies for those who cannot afford them.
Helping Hands also helps those who have been affected by fire, tornado or natural disasters.
The two women will help anyone who asks. If they cannot fund their need they will direct them to someone who can.
“We believe it is all of our jobs to lend a helping hand,” said Dodson. “I remember helping someone during Christmas and thought to myself, why do this only during the holidays? Why not do this all year around.” People are not just in need during Christmas.
Both Dodson and Tooley are always looking for ways to generate funding, because they could not do what they do without the help of the community.
If anyone has any questions or donations for this event, please call Lacey Tooley at 270-893-3512 or Jennifer Dodson at 270-772-1425. Proceeds from this event go toward helping those in need in our community.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.