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Helping Hands in Metcalfe can use helping hands

In 2002, the Metcalfe County Service Unit of the Salvation Army was organized to assist needy Metcalfe County residents. It was for those who needed financial assistance due to job loss, fire, weather related events, or sickness. At that time, the group was assured that all monies received would stay in Metcalfe County. Many thousands of dollars were given to Metcalfe County families. In the beginning a letter requesting "seed money" was mailed to all Metcalfe County Churches and many were very generous. Funds were also raised with the well-known Salvation Army Kettle Drive from Thanksgiving until Christmas.

A few years ago, the Metcalfe Unit was told that several thousand dollars were owed to the state Salvation Army Office for years of nonpayment of the required share. The group relayed to the state what was promised in the beginning but were simply told "that information was wrong". The Metcalfe Service Unit of the Salvation dissolved.

Realizing a need still exists for a local organization to help our needy residents, a nonprofit organization called Metcalfe County Helping Hands was formed and has already assisted many Metcalfe County residents.

It is chartered by the state of Kentucky as a nonprofit organization. This organization has local leadership and no connection to any other group. One can be assured that 100% of all funds given to Metcalfe County Helping Hands will stay in Metcalfe County.

Marymae Phelps Hensley is the president of the organization. Lisa Gibson Upchurch serves as the vice president. The treasurer is Chris Pippenger and Brittany Parnell is the secretary. Bendy Zurmehly acts as the Community Liaison.

The group has a Facebook Page with over nine hundred followers. The page states the purpose of the group is to provide resources and mercantile to residents of Metcalfe County. They hope to provide clothing (new or like new), diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, cleaning supplies, and other sundries as they become available.

They are reaching out to the people and organizations to help them get started. They are taking donations that can be used to help our fellow residents.

100% of your donation will go back to helping local residents in need. There is currently no costs for this organization: all time is donated and storage is currently free. Their hope is to have a physical footprint in the future, lending Metcalfe Countians in need a hand. They are passionate about the local community and want to be able to help those who need assistance.

One may mail a contribution to Metcalfe Helping Hands, 5797 Subtle Road, Edmonton, KY 42129 or make a deposit to Metcalfe Helping Hands at Edmonton State Bank.

This story was posted on 2020-12-12 11:56:20
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