The Help Center Inc. DBA: The Laura Miller George Help Center
409 Fairground St., Mexico, MO. 65265
Our Mission: Serving families in need by providing food and support, while educating the community in collaboration with others who address solutions for these needs.
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Our Thrift Store is now open from 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday - Friday of each week, for your shopping convenience!! We are closed on holidays to allow our employees and volunteers a day off to celebrate the day. We appreciate everyone's support and patronage. You make everything that we do possible!
We encourage social distancing, the wearing of face masks (which we will supply to you while shopping), and we have a hand sanitizer for your use and we clean the carts often, all in an effort to provide a safe and healthy shopping experience.
We accept donations of gently used household items Monday - Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. Please take your donations 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 on any day. They are no good to anybody if they are wet or dirty.
We are grateful for each donation of usable clothing and household items that we can sell at inexpensive costs.
The proceeds all go 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 and beyond 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 gifts of time, talent, and compassion make 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 in late November & early December each year 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. 85% of all funds raised in the name of The Salvation Army stay right here in Audrain County to support the emergency financial needs of our fellow citizens.
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.
The Help Center Inc background & history
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.