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Helping Hands to open soon

LOCK HAVEN — The community will soon have a new way to help the less fortunate.

Helping Hands will begin serving the community next month, by offering free non-perishable household items to those who need them.

This new organization, with its new name, should seem familiar to many.

It is stepping seamlessly into the place once filled by Bountiful Blessings, a successful program that has been run for years by a dedicated group of volunteers.

Helping Hands will seem very much the same, but it will be a fully local program, depending on the community for donations and support, according to site coordinator Wendy Seyler.

United Evangelical Lutheran Church at First and West Church streets will continue to provide the space for the program, just as it has done before.

The program will be closed for just a few weeks and will re-open Wednesday Aug. 2 as Helping Hands. It will follow the same schedule as before: open on the first Wednesday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m., and the third Wednesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m.

The organizers are asking for donations for the main items to be given. These include paper towels, toilet paper, dish detergents, trash bags, cleaners and laundry detergent of all types, hair care (shampoo, conditioner, combs, brushes), soaps (bath soap, body wash or hand soap), and dental care (toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss).

The volunteers also rely on coupons, and donations of coupons are very much appreciated, Seyler said.

Donations and coupons may be dropped off at United Lutheran during the office hours, Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.

“We appreciate anyone assisting us in branching out on our own and serving the community better,” Seyler said.

For more information, call her at 570-502-0683.

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