Monday, April 19, 2021

Ashland Non-Profit Aims to Love and Serve Community

Help Net Ministries Inc., a 501c3 non-profit, based in Ashland, is following its mission to love and serve its members of the community.

Last Tuesday, Help Net opened its doors at the Helping Hands Thrift Store on Centre Street in Ashland to provide some basic needs for Ashland residents.

Anyone who lived within the borough was able to stop and receive laundry, first aid, dental, feminine hygiene, and other products for free. Licensed EMTs were also on hand to provide blood pressure checks.

"Help Net Ministries' mission is to Help, Empower, and Love People in the community, and this event meets the helping part of our mission," said Executive Director Crystal Smallwood.

Smallwood said that the Helping Hands Thrift store has operated under Help Net for the last 15 years and they would like to use the store as a way outreach into the community.

"We love our community, we want to serve our community, we are excited we can do events like this" Smallwood added.

Tuesday night's event, which attracted approximately 45 residents, was the first of many events the group hopes to hold.

All the items provided were donated including the feminine products that were provided by another non-profit, Shape for Justice.

The Helping Hands Thrift Store is open weekly Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and sells used items, clothing household items, books, media, fun odds and ends, and collectibles.

Help Net and Helping Hands also provide disaster relief after fires and other devastating events.

Follow Help Net Ministries and the Helping Hands Thrift Store through the links below for updates on more events.

Helping Hands Thrift Store: