How’d it all start?
When Russ Pullen lost his job as a personal trainer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he immediately reached out to former clients to see if they needed any repairs or maintenance done around their home. It quickly turned into a full-time job!
While many of them needed services like pressure cleaning, painting, gutter cleaning, trimming trees, and minor carpentry, some couldn’t afford to pay full price because of their own financial hardships, and they refused to let Russ do it for free. So, they bartered for reusable items and sometimes even brownies!
Word spread and within a few months, Russ had already impacted dozens of lives helping the disadvantaged, the elderly, and the handicapped. But he wanted to do more…
That’s when he dreamed up the idea of starting Handy Helping Hands and opening the 3H Thrift Shop to work in partnership with his service organization so many more people could be helped.
Not only would the financially-challenged be able to have basic maintenance and repairs completed in and around their home, they could also maintain their dignity by “paying it forward,” donating re-saleable items to the thrift shop or volunteering in the store.
With Kim (that’s me) working behind the scenes and Russ acting as the “frontman,” we also hope to bridge the generation gap by utilizing the energy and vigor of our local college and high school students and the experience and wisdom of our elderly community to create a circle of service where giving and receiving work hand in hand.
Ready, Set, Launch!
It will take more than a couple dreamers and a perfect location for such an endeavor to succeed, it takes generous individuals like you!
The Apostle Peter said, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
As we launch Handy Helping Hands and the 3H Thrift Shop in 2021, we pray you would be willing to use the gifts God has given you and partner with us to faithfully serve those in need.
Russ & Kim Pullen
Please note: We are not a 501(c)(3) company but hope to apply in 2021.
How can you help?
Donate Re-Saleable Items
Pay it forward by donating items you aren’t using anymore to be sold in the thrift store to support someone else in need. One person’s “trash” is another person’s treasure!
Tell us what items you will donate below