Potdam U12 Ice Storm hockey team, Clarkson women paint room at Helping Hands in Hannawa Falls
Monday, January 7, 2013 - 9:10 am

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rom left, front: Emily Horn, Danielle Shirrow, Ella Mateucci, Vanessa Gagnon, Shelby Nisbet, Hayley Wood, Brittany Steiner, Hannah Zeiger, Mattie Tremper Back; back: Carly Mercer, Renata Fast, Cayley Mercer, Olivia Howe, Shannon MacAuley, Erica Howe, Jennifer Sheilds, Vanessa Plante, Taylor Gedig, Taylor Razis, Kari Tremper; middle Christine Lambert.

HANNAWA FALLS -- The Clarkson Women's Hockey team and Potsdam U12 Ice Storm Hockey Team members painted the entire furniture room at Helping Hands in Hannawa Falls this past weekend.

Helping Hands has seen requests for assistance increase by over 50 percent over the last year. Help is available with food, heat, electric, furniture and house wares.

Helping Hands serves greater Potsdam, and is located at 5868 State Route 56 in Hannawa Falls, in what used to be the Hannawa Falls United Methodist Church. The building is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information on Helping Hands, for assistance, or to find out about volunteer opportunities, call 268-0633 .

Helping Hands is supported 100 percent by local churches and individuals, financial contributions can be mailed to: Helping Hands, Box 92, Hannawa Falls, NY, 13647.

Coach Matt Kelly who himself did some painting along with the team talked about their volunteer work.

“It is great to have our team come out in the community and lend a Helping Hand. In the past they have been a part of the town clean up in Potsdam and have served as big sisters to local students. When we recruit we tell the ladies what a close knit community Potsdam and Clarkson are and this is an opportunity for them to become a part of that community,” said Kelly.

Helping Hands director Tom Chappell commented on the work being done at Helping Hands:

“We rely on volunteers to do what we do, We simply could not help as many people as we do without the efforts of dedicated volunteers like the ones from Clarkson Hockey,” said Helping Hands director Tom Chappell.