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By JEFF D'ALESSIO
HARDIN COUNTY — Helping those in need is what Helping Hand of the Heartland and North Hardin HOPE does throughout the year.Now the two organizations need help from the community to keep providing for the growing list of those who need assistance.The fifth annual Give Hope Telethon is scheduled for Tuesday at Severns Valley Baptist Church.
The event will be held from 6-11 p.m. and will be broadcast live on HCEC-TV and WIEL-AM 1400.
When there is a shortage of funds locally, those seeking help are turned away. HOPE Executive Director Priscilla Riddell-Terwilliger calls that heartbreaking.
“It’s just the worst thing when you have to do that,’’ she said.That’s why the telethon — the largest fundraiser for the two aid organizations — plays such a vital role in assistance the entire year.
“This is a big deal for us,’’ she said. “Any fundraising or contributions we get throughout the year is helpful and important, but this is a big deal.’’
Last year’s event raised $40,000 in new money, funds that are not contributed on a monthly basis by donors.
Helping Hand of the Heartland Executive Director Henry White said the telethon over the years “has certainly been a boost to our ministry.’
’The telethon will feature performances as well as testimonials from many who have been helped by the agencies. White said the telethon will help agencies catch up from Christmas.
“We had larger numbers (to help) last year at Christmas,’’ he said.
Also, rising food prices make an impact as well.
“We would have saved $5,000 if we had bought the same things at last year’s prices,’’ White said.
Last year, Helping Hand of the Heartland and North Hardin HOPE helped 42,096 people by providing things such as holiday gift baskets, groceries and helping to pay electric bills.
Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757.