Gallery of Service

3H Thrift Shop’s Amazing Volunteers!

We call our regular volunteers heroes because we couldn’t do what we do without them.

Meet Franklin-born and raised Becky Brown, who is our Project Coordinator and handyman assistant to Russ.

There’s nobody like Caroline Cervantes, our Processing Queen, er, Manager, who keeps our shelves full of quality, resalable items at reasonable prices, and always with a smile.

Her husband, Henry Cervantes, is always available to jump in when Russ needs extra help with heavy furniture or extensive pick-ups.

Not shown is Kim’s 83-year-old mom, Laine Kelly, who challenges all of us with her boundless energy!

Meet Our Clients

Meet Janet!

This is Janet Walker, resident of Western NC and recipient of a newly painted bathroom. Thank you, Russ Pullen and Becky Brown, volunteers at Handy Helping Hands, for stripping off the old wallpaper in her bathroom and repainting the walls and ceiling!

Meet Richard!

This is Richard Machasik, 93-years-old and a resident of Western NC. Richard is the recipient of a new wooden hand rail by his front door. Thank you, Russ Pullen and Becky Brown, volunteers at Handy Helping Hands, for making Richard’s porch a safer place for him to greet each new morning!

Meet Eva

Eva was Russ’ first client. Russ has served Eva numerous ways including pressure cleaning her mobile home and ramp, painting, digging up a stump, and cleaning out her gutters. He’s even given her some personal training!

To pay it forward, Eva has paid for some of the services with cash, but she’s also baked several batches of brownies and donated items to the 3H Thrift Shop. She plans to volunteer at the thrift store by playing the piano for customers while they shop.

Meet Hope

Hope is 81 and a resident of Franklin. She is the primary caregiver for her ailing husband. She’s wanted to get rid of this old shed and have the items inside carted off to the dump. Russ served her, and she donated some items to the 3H Thrift Shop.

Meet Laine

Laine, 82, recently moved to Franklin from Central Florida. The mobile home she lives in needed some sprucing up so Russ pressure washed the entire exterior including her screened-in porch, cleaned out her gutters, and helped plant some shrubs in her front yard. He also dug up her old rock driveway in preparation for a new, safer paved driveway and replaced the wooden hand railings of her front porch entryway.

Laine, a former Marine and star pitcher for her senior league softball team, has already started paying it forward by helping prep the 3H Thrift shop for painting.

Service in Action

Let Eva, Cindy, and Ann share how Russ and Handy Helping Hands have already impacted their lives.

How will YOU participate?

Request Handyman Services

Whether it's painting a porch, pressure washing a walkway, or landscaping a yard, we'll help you with those minor repairs around the house that you just can't do or get to.

Donate $ or Resaleable Items

Pay it forward financially by contributing to the repairs of someone else in need or by contributing items around your home that can be sold in the 3H Thrift Shop.

Volunteer Your Time

Give back by volunteering in our thrift shop, pick up items to be sold, repair contributed items, or serve a neighbor in need. All skills and eager hearts welcome!