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Helping Hands kicks off Annual Campaign to help County residents in need

ROCKWALL – Rockwall County Helping Hands non-profit assistance agency kicked off its 2012 Annual Campaign April 1 to raise funds to help local families and individuals who are struggling financially to make ends meet.

According to Executive Director Margo Nielsen, there are thousands of families and individuals across Rockwall County who currently need and will need help this year.

She’s asking County residents to give generously now and all year-long so Helping Hands can provide County residents in need with nutritious meals, school supplies, shelter payments and affordable health care.

“Together we change lives for the better and make a positive difference by providing nutritious meals, school supplies, shelter payments and affordable health care, ” she said. “But it’s not a job we can do alone.”

“Your financial donation is needed so our can continue providing help, hope and affordable quality health care to our clients in crisis – many that have crossed that fine line separating self-sufficiency and dependency due to business closings and lay-offs,” she added.

“Money is the fuel that drives our mission to keep families together and in their homes with the lights on and nutritious food on the table in difficult times. So please keep Helping Hands in your annual giving plan and give as generously as you can.”

In 2011, the Agency’s assistance program provided:

4,205 clients with food, shelter payments, utility bills, household goods and/or clothing

24,000+ bags of food from our Food Pantry

250 families with Thanksgiving turkeys and food baskets

1,229 children (about 495 families) with three new toys each plus stocking-stuffers at Christmas

“We add joy to the lives of those in crisis with Christmas gifts for children and Thanksgiving food baskets for families. We all benefit when that happens,” she said.

Helping Hands also served 1,683 new patients and 5,777 returning patients – including 2,348 children – at the Health Center.

“With this service, Helping Hands is doing its part to deal with the health care crisis in America today. We serve people with no insurance coverage, those with high deductibles – and with a sliding scale fee available to those that qualify,” Nielsen explained.

“Please give generously and help us extend the hand of hope to others.”

You can mail a donation to Helping Hands at 950 Williams St. Suite 100 Rockwall TX 75087 or donate online at www.rockwallhelpinghands.com.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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