Van is donated to Helping Hands

By Portia Williams

November 27, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

MT. VERNON, Ky. — Spirit of Christmas has already reached Helping Hands food pantry, as they recently received a donation of a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander minivan.

Debbie Blevins, the Executive Director at Helping Hands, said they greatly appreciate the contribution.

“The van was donated by a company called RTEC out of Mt. Vernon, Ky. We worked with State Rep. Tanya Pullin and the State Department of Transportation and Shirley Cummings, Freda Parsons,” Blevins said.

Blevin said the organization will put the new van to good use.

“It will be used by both locations, the one in South Shore, and Greenup. It is so exciting, it will help us a great deal. The schools in Greenup County are good for doing food drives, and many civic organizations, and that is something we can really use the van for,” Blevins said.

Dan Blevins, Assistant Director at Helping Hands said the newly acquired van simplifies their transportation system.

“This will keep us from putting unnecessary wear and tear on both our personal vehicles and the two cargo vans which can only carry the driver and one passenger each anyway and are impractical for travel to meetings and the like,” Dan Blevins said.

Helping Hands has a new venture to assist locals in need.

“We just opened a thrift store open for people who want to shop. Our clients not only pick up a box of food while they are here that is probably 30 to 60 pounds, depending upon what we have in stock, but they also get four outfits per person in the family,” Debbie Blevins said.

Blevins said funds from the thrift store will go towards the Helping Hands center in South Shore.

She said Helping Hands is appreciative of the donation of the van, and those who helped make it possible.

“In addition to Rep. Pullin and Parsons, we want to thank Vickie Bourne with the Kentucky Office of Transportation Delivery and RTEC Executive Director Shirley Cummins for helping make this donation happen,” Blevins said.

Helping Hands Hours of Operation are:

Greenup office - Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. South Shore office Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information in regard to Helping Hands visit the website at http://helpinghandsofgreenup.org.

Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.