Bandera County Helping Hand was organized for the charitable purpose of providing direct assistance and counseling for Bandera County families and individuals who are facing a crisis situation in their lives.
This mission includes referral to public and private agencies in their fields of expertise to avoid duplication of services. Our mission embodies the belief system of the worth of each individual, created in the image of God, held by the church community that helped organize and continues to provide financial support for the operations of Helping Hand.
The Clothes Closet provides good clothes at no cost to people in need. Clients are allowed to choose their own wardrobes in times of personal disaster (fire, flood, etc.).
Clothes are rotated in the Clothes Closet on a seasonal basis.
The Food Pantry offers short-term assistance to families who do not have food in the house.
Helping Hand also offers the Monthly Elders Food Pantry for seniors who qualify. Call or drop by for details.
There is always a large selection of clothing in all sizes for men, women, and children. Regular inventory items include shoes, hats, purses, and belts. Since county residents supply the Thrift Store’s inventory, it is constantly changing. In winter months the staff puts out coats, jackets, sweaters, and blankets. In the summer there are always plenty of shorts and tank tops.
Each spring and fall, as part of the inventory shift with the seasons, Helping Hand conducts a bag sale where the staff supplies bags that customers can stuff full for five dollars a bag.
In addition to clothes, the Thrift Store has all kinds of kitchenware for sale, including kitchen tools, dishes, serving bowls and platters, cooking utensils, flatware, table cloths, and dishcloths.
The store often has other household goods for sale, including television sets, computers and computer components, printers, electronic gadgets, and furniture of all kinds.
Entertainment items such as DVDs, CDs, books, and games are sold at amazingly low prices. Knick-knacks, jewelry both new and used, and many gift items can also be found in the Thrift Store.
The Thrift Store is Helping Hand’s most visible program and serves the most people. It operates solely on community contributions of items, which are prized and purchased by people representing all economic strata. The Thrift Store helps support Helping Hand’s other programs.
Helping Hand markets the Thrift Store like the business it is, but with a tagline that describes its real purpose: Come in and browse and buy your bargain. You’ll be helping a neighbor in crisis when you do.
We receive donations Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM or until we're full. No donations on Friday, please.
Thank you for your support!