Helping Hands officials are asking the Chillicothe community to help them hold on to their building at the corner of Fourth Street and Truitt Avenue.


Helping Hands officials are asking the Chillicothe community to help them hold on to their building at the corner of Fourth Street and Truitt Avenue.

Rather than pay an increased rental cost, volunteers have set the task of collecting enough funds to purchase the building.

The first goal is to raise $40,000 for a down payment before July 20, but they are trusting that an even greater amount of donations will be given.

Founded in May of 2010 by Crossroads Café/Chillicothe Youth Center, Helping Hands is unusual in the world of resale shops in that it donates all of its profits to other organizations.

Groups such as Love-In-Action Food Pantry, the Brad Wallin St. Jude Memorial Tournament, Rescue 33 and Cub Scout Pack 91 benefited from the proceeds of the shop.

In the first year at its current location, Helping Hands distributed $114,000 to more than 30 charities and organizations in Chillicothe and internationally.

Volunteers recently launched a three-pronged fundraising campaign.

Bracelets, handcrafted in the Philippines by Threads of Hope, are available for purchase by volunteers and at Helping Hands Resale Shoppe.

A Benefit Dinner and Auction will be at Pearce Community Center in Chillicothe July 7.

Tickets are $30 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, two-entree buffet dinner, dessert, musical entertainment, an auction and more.

Tickets may be purchased at Helping Hands.

Donations from individuals, area churches and businesses also are being sought.

More information is available by calling 251-2048.