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.

 

Who Benefits

Since we opened our doors in February 2021, we’ve helped needy local residents keep their homes safe and dignified with basic maintenance and repairs services in and around their home. We’ve been able to do this because of generous donations of re-saleable items that are dropped off at our thrift shop every business day.

With Kim (that’s me) working behind the scenes and Russ acting as the “frontman,” we also hope to utilize the experience and wisdom of retired citizens in our community to create a circle of service where giving and receiving work hand in hand.

 

Going Strong

In 2024, we’ll be starting our fourth year in Franklin. We are so grateful to all our priceless volunteers that dedicate their time and energy to making 3H Thrift Shop and Handy Helping Hands what it is today.

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).

 

Russ & Kim Pullen

 

Please note: We are not a 501(c)(3) company