Connect  •    Support   •   Inform

We CONNECT businesses with opportunities to give products or services to charities, families, and those in need.
We SUPPORT charities through finding donations, volunteers, building space, event promotion, and more.
We INFORM the public about the good that businesses and charities are doing.

In addition to our core work, we focus each year on a critical problem that impacts our local communities.

  • 2018 – Opioid Epidemic
  • 2019 – Human Trafficking
  • 2020 – Suicide

Founder & Executive Director

Lara Shovlin

Lara Shovlin

Lara started Helping Hands Gifts in 2014 in order to give struggling families a hand up, not a hand out. After working years in the fundraising sector, Lara formed HHG as a  local 501(c)(3) to raise funds for a Christmas Shop designed to allow families that are struggling but “fall through the cracks” of traditional charities. The Christmas Shop gave families the opportunity to purchase items at a dramatically reduced cost.

​Through the support of the founding board, donations of gifts and financial support was collected from local communities, businesses and service groups in order to impact the lives of THOUSANDS of children.

​In 2017, Lara’s “filling in the gaps” idea grew exponentially to help families everyday, not just at Christmas. By 2018, Lara had developed contacts and relationships with all sectors of business in order to help business do good for the greater good.

Lara Shovlin
Lara Shovlin

Founder & Executive Director

Lara started Helping Hands Gifts in 2014 in order to give struggling families a hand up, not a hand out. After working years in the fundraising sector, Lara formed HHG as a  local 501(c)(3) to raise funds for a Christmas Shop designed to allow families that are struggling but “fall through the cracks” of traditional charities. The Christmas Shop gave families the opportunity to purchase items at a dramatically reduced cost.

​Through the support of the founding board, donations of gifts and financial support was collected from local communities, businesses and service groups in order to impact the lives of THOUSANDS of children.

​In 2017, Lara’s “filling in the gaps” idea grew exponentially to help families everyday, not just at Christmas. By 2018, Lara had developed contacts and relationships with all sectors of business in order to help business do good for the greater good.

Founder of Helping Hands selected as Person of the Week

WXYZ selected Lara Shovlin, Founder, Helping Hands Gifts as their Person of the Week in recognition of her outstanding efforts supporting local families. Read the full article here, or watch the video below.