Handy Hands Reflections; creates and donates personalized memory albums for loved ones experiencing the end of life or have had a life changing event. Jacki Kelsch created Handy Hands in 2008, she became disabled due to an accident and needed something to do, hopefully giving to others. She has volunteered much of her life and feels a great pleasure in this.
Jacki took her love of scrap booking and now creates albums to help families through their grieving process, as well as preserving family history. She started her business in her own home, using her own supplies and money. Handy Hands now have an office where volunteers gather, helping to create memory alubms.
In 8 years they have given 938 amazing albums to grieving families; each album is personalized to fit the lifestyle of the person the album is about.
Handy Hands also works closely with the military, making sure the families of soldiers who lost their lives at war or other by means, receive an album. Jacki’s husband served 31 years in the Army and did two tours in Afghanistan; she understands what an important part the albums play with the loss of a loved one.
One of Handy Hands major accomplishments was when Handy Hands volunteers created and sent 26 personalised albums to each of the families of Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Ct. (in a 2 week period). This year, Handy Hands did 9 albums for the families of the shooting at their local community college in Roseburg,Oregon. The families were very grateful.
When children pass away it touches Jacki’s heart in such a significant way, she insists on getting albums done for grieving parents, or if children lose a parent or siblings. Jacki knows the children have a great need for an album to. They can hold in their arms, being able to hug it and/or sleep with it as well as look at it as often as they need. The albums are treasured by children. As they grow up having their own families, they’ll be able to introduce their missing parent/sibling(s) to their own family through these beautiful albums.
The albums also help families who have loved ones on Hospice care, dementia or the elderly; receiving an album at the end of life is very beneficial. As the patients look through the album it gives them peace of mind, knowing they’ll not be forgotten and will enjoy looking over their lives while adding their own memories, as best they can.
With dementia, they may not know who or where they are, but once they open the album of their past, it seems to bring back some memories, many can tell albout the pictures in the album, these albums also bring them much comfort.
Jacki and her volunteers puts in countless hours trying to give as many albums as possible, their compassion shows in the outstanding work done by her and her volunteers.
The community benefits because she will take workshops to area churches, clubs or other organizations for service projects, as well as teens being able to volunteer earning community service points for school, scout badges or other.
Jacki’s own personal losses have driven her to give continuously and generously because she understands how much the albums help heal grieving hearts.
Her hope is to be able to continue to GIVE the albums at no cost…Your donations can help her continue her mission as well as adding to their funds to move into a much needed larger facility.
Handy Hands is run 100% by volunteers and 100% by donations; they truly deserve and need donations to continue giving to those going through such a difficult time.
Besides cash donations they also accept donations of scrap booking supplies. A completed album costs approximately $6.00 to create; so any amount of a donation is helpful. Because they are a 501c3 nonprofit organization they are able to give a tax receipt for cash and/or product donations.
Handy Hands is dependent on individual gifts, fundraising, donations, grants and memorials. They are not funded by any federal government grants or loans. They have no paid personnel; all work is done by caring volunteers.
Handy Hands appreciates your consideration of a donation for our needs to continue GIVING our albums at no cost.