Skills USA Helps Hands of Hope Spread Holiday Cheer 

In October, the Hands of Hope Thrift Store in Bangor was robbed of funds that were set aside to purchase christmas gifts for needy children.Wednesday, they received some help from Skills USA to make those Christmas wishes come true.Because men’s jeans are in high demand, hands of hope buys jeans for two dollars from the public.Skills USA students from across the state have been collecting men’s jeans, 300 pairs in all.Instead of taking the 600 dollars for the jeans, the group donated the money to the Hands of Hope gift fund.”Personally I’ve been to other countries and have helped there and have seen the effects and it’s here in our home state, I thought we could make an impact,” said Leslie Campbell with Skills USA.Hands of hope will deliver Christmas gifts to about 15-hundred kids in 42 towns throughout Penobscot County.