Thrift Store

We have brand new hours for the Thrift Store for your shopping convenience!!  We are now open from 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday - Friday of each week, unless there is a holiday. We appreciate everyone's support and patronage.                         You make what we do possible!

 We highly encourage social distancing, the wearing of face masks (which we will supply to you while shopping), we have a hand sanitizer stand for your use and we clean the carts often, all in an effort to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

Please take note: We accept donations of clothing and household items on Mondays & Tuesdays only, from 9:00am-4:00pm. Please take them to the rear of the building to door # 2 where you can enter and drop off your donation. Please do not drop off donations outside or on any other day, unless by appointment.    We are grateful for each donation of usable clothing and household items that we can sell at inexpensive costs, which goes to help support our food pantry. 

Our Thrift Store is at the core of all we do. It is a support mechanism for the Food Pantry and is also just as important. It allows us to provide basic necessities such as clothing. By providing clothing and household items when someone loses everything, it restores a measure of dignity. We are truly blessed by the continual support and trust of the citizens of Audrain County who donate their used clothing and household goods to us with the faith in us that we will use the proceeds from the sale of these items to serve our fellow citizens. We intake, sort, and display all our donated items in a professional manner and offer them at very low prices so that everyone can have the dignity of being able to provide clothing and other items for their families.

None of this would be possible without our fantastic volunteers!!

Their gift of time, talent and compassion makes it all possible. Want to join our team? We have opportunities for everyone. Please go to the volunteering tab on this website for more information.


The Laura Miller George Thrift Store


Thrift Store Hours of Operation

The Thrift store is open from 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday - Friday for your shopping convenience. 


Financial donations are welcome and needed to help us continue providing service to others. 

Our mission statement:

Serving families in need by providing food and support, while educating the community in collaboration with others who address solutions for these needs.

We are also the Salvation Army for Audrain County and are able to help with emergency financial needs because of your support. Please help us raise funds during our annual bell ringing campaign or donate any time with this designation. You may also donate anytime towards this cause by clicking the donate button below and indicating "The Salvation Army" on your donation.

 All financial donations to our food pantry could be eligible for the State of Missouri Food Pantry Tax Credit program of a 50% tax credit on donations up to $5000.00. To find out more, please contact your tax professional. 

You can donate right now by clicking on the donate button below, which connects you to our PAYPAL account. You may also mail donations to 409 Fairground St. Mexico, MO. 65265. All donations will be acknowledged with a personalized letter of gratitude.


The Community Garden Program

Come Garden with Us!

Anyone interested in gardening is welcome to a garden spot at The  Laura Miller George Help Center. We provide not only the garden spot but water, seeds if you need them, garden tools and expert advice and support! Applications are available at the Help Center. 
This year we have our own greenhouse and will be growing fresh vegetables to be distributed during the food distribution schedules.  
The Community Garden steering committee consists of these active partners who support a self-reliant community: Grow Well Missouri, The University of Missouri Agronomy, MU Extension, The City of Mexico, Mexico Housing Authority, Audrain County Health Department, Central Missouri Community Action, Audrain County Master Gardeners, Mexico Federated Garden Club, Community volunteers and the Laura Miller George Help Center.


Serving Our Senior Citizens

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider"

We have seen the great disparity in the number of senior citizens who are recipients of the services we provide.  There are potentially many reasons for this but we think perhaps one of the biggest is the lack of transportation. That’s why we’re so excited about our newest program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Or more commonly know as the “Senior Box” program. We’re able to provide approximately $50.00 worth of food, (35lbs.) which is high in nutritional value, once per month and  we can deliver it right to door of our seniors if needed. Eligibility for this program: you must be a resident of Audrain County, be 60 years of age or older and have a household income of 130% or less of the poverty level. If you or someone you know is living on a fixed income and needs food, give us a call and we’ll see if you qualify and if so you could be receiving a box very soon! In cooperation with the USDA. The MO. DHSS &  The Food Bank for Central & Northeast MO. If you would like to volunteer to help with this great program, please see the volunteering tab on this website.


Contact Us


Special Thanks

We are pleased to be partially funded by The United Way of Audrain County, Charitable    Foundations, churches, and individuals. Also we would like to thank Shadora Foy,  owner of Growing in Christ, for creating our website.


The Help Center Inc. DBA: The Laura Miller George Help Center

409 Fairground St., Mexico, MO. 65265


573-581-3238 Extension 12

409 Fairground St. Mexico, MO 65265

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