Helping Hands food pantry opens second thrift store

By Portia Williams

December 5, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — Helping Hands of Greenup County held the ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening for their second thrift store in South Shore Wednesday.

Helping Hands Food Pantry of South Shore now has it’s own thrift store. The other Helping Hands Food Pantry and Thrift Store is located in Greenup.

Dan Blevins, assistant director of the South Shore Helping Hands, said the thrift store has been in the making for more than a year’s time.

“The food pantry has been opened for over a year now, and we’re glad to be able to expand into providing assistance to that next level of folks that are technically not within our guidelines, but still need a lot help. This will hopefully help do that,” Blevins said.

Dan Blevins said the thrift store would not have been possible with the community support.

“A lot of what we have done would not have been possible without the South Shore Ministerial Association and the Mayor Cheryl, we received a lot of help, and we wouldn’t have been able to open without them,” Dan Blevins said.

Debbie Blevins said the thrift store will allow Helping Hands to give more to their clients.

“This means that we can now give larger quantities of clothing to our clients. Helping Hands can hopefully help everyone in the community that needs help. This is your Helping Hands. It belongs to the South Shore area,” Debbie Blevins said.

According to Debbie Blevins, Helping Hands Food Pantry and Thrift Store of South Shore has two employees and a director, an assistant director and 17 volunteers.

“We’ve got great volunteers here who live here in this area, and they know the people and they know what is needed and they are here to help provide that,” Debbie Blevins said. “It has been a great success in Greenup, and I know it’s going to be successful here, because the people wanted it so badly. That is what keeps us going is the churches, the organizations, and the businesses in our community. That is they way it is in South Shore, and that’s the way it is in Greenup.

Angela Biggs, a Helping Hands volunteer, said the South Shore Ministerial Association played a major role in the thrift store.

“Sean Shroll, Pastor of South Shore First United Methodist Church, and Charles Mallory who is a retired pastor did so much work. These men, and several men, turn down the walls, and got it ready for us,” Biggs said.

The hours of operation for the Helping Hands of South Shore food pantry/thrift store is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

There will be tours of the facility offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p. m.

Donations for the food pantry and thrift store may be made at the location of 496 Main Street in South Shore.

“Since it is Christmas time, we are in need of toys for kids and Christmas decorations as well,” Debbie Blevins said.

Cheryl Moore, the Mayor of South Shore said the thrift store is an asset to the city.

“It took us about one year to find a building. We worked hard, and finally located it. It is wonderful. The people can come here, and not have to drive all the way to Greenup. So bringing it here, provides a closer location for them to come to. It makes it so much better for our citizens here,” Moore said.

In addition to the grand opening, Helping Hands of South Shore also received a donation of $416 from South Shore First United Methodist Church.

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