Helping Hands working toward relocation to old ACTS building
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Sep 30, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Helping Hands hopes to soon move from its location across the street from Renaissance Square into the old ACTS building behind Bank of Cadiz, although the necessary renovations to the building will mean that the move won’t happen soon, said K.G. Ariagno of Helping Hands.

Ariagno said the reason they want to move in to the building is because of the extra space it has, meaning Helping Hands Food Bank will have enough space to store all of their food.

Needed renovations include a heating and air conditioning system, and the building needs to be able to maintain a temperature for the food that will be stored there, Ariagno said.

“There’s quite a bit that needs to be done,” said Ariagno. “Right now, our storage is private and very limited, and it’s very difficult to put things up for people.”

Helping Hands was given the deed to the building roughly two weeks ago, and when they are able to move in, they will have more space not only for the food, but clothing racks and other items, said Ariagno, adding there might also be some insurance issues.

Helping Hands also recently received a check for $1,500 from Joe Thompson of Wal-Mart in Hopkinsville, to be used for clothes for school-aged youths. Ariagno said they usually receive $1,000.

During the check presentation, Thompson called the Wal-Mart in Hopkinsville “Trigg County’s Wal-Mart,” and said he was always glad to help those in need.

“We’re very grateful, because we couldn’t possibly do this in Trigg County,” Ariagno said. “We couldn’t take 72 kids and find enough clothes for 72 kids in one day in the sizes that we need.”

Most of the names of the children that participate in the clothes shopping comes from social services, so Helping Hands knows they are genuinely in need, Ariagno said.

“We knew this year was going to be a real hard year because of all the lay-offs,” she said.

Ariagno talked about the partnership Helping Hands has with Wal-Mart, stating that they also give Wal-Mart gift cards to families in need at Christmas so they can go Christmas shopping.

Helping Hands has about 50–60 volunteers and has been in Trigg County since 1997.
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