The past several years it has been our pleasure to be a part of a program called Helping Hands for the Holidays. My buddy Scott Brazda from KATC TV 3 and the Stuller Foundation along with Church of the Covenant United Methodist Church Pastor Chris Blanchard, the Community Foundation of Acadiana and others put this together every year to make a difference.



What sets Helping Hands apart from other holiday programs is our basic mission.  Our program targets people who are doing their best to improve their personal situation but need a helping hand to get them over the edge.These are often people who fall between the cracks when it comes to assistance. They earn to much but what they earn isn't enough to make ends meet.

Another reason this program has been so successful through the years is the nomination process. There is no self nomination for Helping Hands. The people we help are nominated by friends, family members, co-workers or even complete strangers. Each nomination is carefully screened and the story checked out to make sure that if Helping Hands is able to help, we are actually helping to fix a problem and not just put a band aid on it.

Here is how you can help me and help our Helping Hands team. If you know of an individual or family that is struggling but still busting their backsides to carry their own weight I would like to know about them.You can contact me here just click on the little envelope icon below the words "follow me". Or you can mail or drop a letter by our studios 1749 Bertrand Dr. Lafayette LA 70506.

I will need your name and your contact information along with as much background and contact information on the person or family you choose to nominate. I promise you this, no nominee will ever be identified on the air without permission. This program is as much about respect and dignity as it is about making a difference and lending a helping hand. We are very grateful this year to have Hampton Toyota on board with us at Helping Hands a supporter and underwriter.

If your blessings have been many this year and you'd like to make a contribution to our Helping Hands effort you can do that in a couple of different ways. You can make monetary donations via the Community Foundation of Acadiana, just specify that your gift is earmarked for Helping Hands or you can offer in kind services. That means is you own a business and can spare parts, materials, labor or other items associated with the request we receive you can donate those by contacting me, Bruce Mikells at 97.3 The Dawg.