Thrift store

Bladen County Helping Hand – BladenOnline.com

By Cara Beth Lewis

Bladen County Helping Hands is a non-profit thrift store that offers high quality clothing, furniture, home decor, books, toys and household items at low prices. Owner Tanya Wilson was inspired by her brother, who also owns a non-profit thrift store in Richmond County and shares his profits with Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Their goal for BC Helping Hands is to provide a monetary donation to the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy and Bladen We Care in the future.

Tanya Wilson is the owner of Bladen County Helping Hands. Tanya has resided in Bladen County for 26 years and currently resides in Elizabethtown. She has spent the past 28 years working in law enforcement and began the process of opening her own business in July 2020, alongside her daughter-in-law, Alexis Wilson. With the continued support of her entire family, Bladen County Helping Hands opened in September 2020, according to Tanya.

The owner shared, “After seeing my brother’s success and the good he has done for his community, I felt I could do the same for the citizens of Bladen County.” Bladen County Helping Hands has chosen to share its profits with the people of Bladen County by donating clothing to Bladen County Hospital patients, as well as medical supplies to patients who may not be able to afford to pay them. Bladen County Helping Hands also assists adoptive parents with clothing for children in their care. Bladen County Helping Hands also provided clothing to families who lost their possessions to natural disasters. The small business also donated school uniforms to local schools for students in need.

Anyone in need of assistance, who has a social worker from the Department of Social Services, can have their social worker contact Tanya Wilson or Alexis Wilson at (910) 874-0072, and they will provide the items that the social worker deems necessary for that person.

Everyone is invited to donate to Bladen County Helping Hands! By doing so, you are helping someone else and supporting a small business. The owner explained, “All items sold by Bladen County Helping Hands, with the exception of our assortment of flags, are donated. We accept donations whenever we are open. Bladen County Helping Hands has very few limitations on the items we accept.

September will mark two years since Bladen County Helping Hands has been in operation, and Tanya and Alexis have seen firsthand the needs of the citizens of Bladen County. They shared, “Employees at Bladen County Helping Hands have met some of the nicest, friendliest people the area has to offer.” Bladen County Helping Hands credits its success to its beloved customers and hardworking volunteers.

Business hours:

Monday and Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:

207 Poplar Street South, Elizabethtown.