Project H.A.N.D.S.® (Helping Angels National Donated Support) is an organized effort in which residents in RHF communities partner with other non-profit organizations, who provide services to those in need within their own local communities. In 2015, more than 24,000 items were made by residents of 96 participating communities.
Each RHF community participating in Project H.A.N.D.S.® has its own flavor and network of community partners. Some communities knit, crochet, sew and quilt creating blankets, sweaters, scarves, and other items. Other communities have selected making mats for homeless, personal tote bags containing school supplies and toiletries, and knot blankets. One community sewed 500 Christmas stockings for their local Police Department to distribute during the holidays. Another community grew vegetables in their community garden and donated a portion of the harvest to their local Salvation Army homeless shelter.
Several communities have found that neighbors, members of local churches, Scouting troops, family, and friends are also eager to participate, and have joined “HANDS” creating many needed items in an intergenerational setting. Whatever RHF residents can create with their H.A.N.D.S.® and give back to others in need is a part of this program.
How Can You Be a Part of This Program?
- Contact your nearest RHF community and ask if they are participating and details on their local non-profit partner.
- Donations of yarn, fabric, and money provide the materials used by the residents in their work. Collect materials in your neighborhood or with your friends and family. Encourage your church designate an offering to support Project H.A.N.D.S.®