Special to the Register
Gainesville Daily Register
Representatives of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of North Texas are struggling to keep up with the need for volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children. Helping Hands of Faith, also a nonprofit organization, accepts donations of clothing, furniture and other items and sells them at a Gainesville thrift store of the same name. All funds raised are then given to support many local nonprofit organizations.
In seeing CASA’s need, representatives of Helping Hands of Faith stepped up to present a gift to help support CASA’s work for Cooke County’s most vulnerable children. CASA volunteer Galene Morris was presented the check by longtime Helping Hands volunteer Lavon Hifler.
“We are so appreciative to Helping Hands,” said CASA Director Vicki Robertson. “Their gift will make a difference as we work to make a difference for the children we serve. We’re blessed to be one of the agencies that Helping Hands supports financially.”
Robertson added that representatives of Helping Hands are also generous in other ways. “It’s not something publicized often, but Helping Hands is always quick to respond when we let them know of a need. They’ve given furniture or household goods to help young mothers get a home set up, and to extended family members who need help getting set up to take in a grandchild, niece or nephew. Sometimes just a bed or a dresser can give a family what they are lacking to be approved for a child to be with extended family rather than in a foster home.”
The Helping Hands of Faith thrift store is located at 719 N. Smith St. in Gainesville, and operating hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.