MAY 2023
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Helping Needy Families Have A Brighter Future


May is an awesome time of year…its getting warmer, trees & flowers are busting out, grass is growing, the days are longer and, best of all, the bugs aren’t out yet in force! So enjoy it before we start complaining about the heat and humidity! May is also a fun and busy time at Help Give Hope (HGH)…perfect weather to work in the warehouse and pick up donations, the garage sales (and all the work behinds the scenes to make them happen) are in full swing, and plans are gearing up for The Longest Table, golf tourney and Christmas project. Most importantly, Murray and staff are working non-stop with families-in-need, providing help in the areas of rent and utilities assistance, car repairs, furniture, appliances and so much more. 
See below as Murray updates us on the results of the first Friends and Family garage sale and looks ahead to some exciting new developments, activities and events.

From the Desk of
Murray Beairsto

Spring always reminds me of rebirth and new beginnings (cliche, I know). The trees begin to bud, flowers pop out of the ground, the sun shines longer and the weather becomes delightful. It is that time of year at Help Give Hope when we start gearing up for many things.

We just completed our first Friends and Family sale and what a sale it was! A record, just over $9,000 in four hours, really kicked off the season. With some new volunteers and a sales floor full of items, we were busy. The compliments were flowing about how clean, friendly and the great quality merchandise we have, really sets us apart. Sandy and her team really know their audience and do an amazing job orchestrating our sales. Just wait till the June sale, Friday and Saturday, June 9,10 and they come into an air conditioned warehouse! We are actively picking up items for the next sale. Brad is tirelessly combing the city in the truck making the pick ups happen. Just give us a call and we will send Brad your way. PLEASE refer to the list in this newsletter of what we will and cannot accept. We try our best to get to you in a day or two.

As I have mentioned previously, we are about to air condition the warehouse! This is a really big deal and a really big step for us. For years our volunteers, working on the garage sales, have endured hot work days and hot sales. As we looked at our sales revenue versus the cost of the air conditioning, we felt it would be a great capital investment. No only will we keep our volunteers happy and continue to volunteer with us, we will hopefully have shoppers shop longer and buy more. 

We are knee deep in planning the seventh annual The Longest Table. We do not have a firm date (waiting on the Chief’s schedule), however, we are planning a Sunday evening, at Metropolitan Grill, in early September. Keep your eyes peeled as Michael will actively be solicitating sponsorships. This event has made it full circle and we are really proud of how it has grown. 

Needless to say we are busy, busy here. The need for assistance is great and increasing with everything else; gas prices, food prices, etc. Hourly pay is not increasing at the same rate. We are helping so many families to just keep their head above water. We offer options to help where we can’t and we continue to work with other agencies to make our dollars go as far as we can. Without your help, our options would be limited. Whether your gift is your time, talent or treasure we appreciate it. It takes all kinds of gifts to make us successful. We do not expect everyone to have the same ability, but collectively you are the key to our successes. We really do appreciate all you do for us at Help Give Hope.


We are in full 'pick-up mode' as the 2023 garage sale season is underway!

In April we held our first Friends and Family garage sale of the year (very successful!) and Sandy and her garage sale army of volunteers are hard at work receiving, sorting, placing and pricing thousands of items. You're likely to see one of the Help Give Hope trucks on the road these days as Brad is cris-crossing Springfield and the surrounding communities picking up garage sale donations. And thanks to our VERY GENEROUS HGH supporters, the warehouse is full of an amazing array of high quality garage sale items.

PLEASE call Murray at 417-209-7027 if you have a donation and she will arrange pick-up. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: At the present time, we are no longer accepting clothes as we currently have more than we can handle or sell. We will let you know as soon as this changes. Thank you for your understanding.

It’s important we know what we are getting so we know how many people to send, what vehicle works best and the best time for everyone. Please note, there are items we don’t take— Mattresses (for legal reasons), office desks, entertainment centers, Box TV’s, China Cabinets, but for the most part we are flexible. It is never our intention to look picky or selective. If we can’t use it, we most likely will have options we can offer you. Remaining 2023 sale dates are listed below and we’d love to have your items or have you volunteer with us. Just let us know!


Friends and Family Sales
Saturday, July 22nd
9:00am - 1:00pm

Big Sales – Friday and Saturday
June 10th & 11th
August 18th & 19th
8:00am – 3:00pm both days

Location: HGH warehouse (2809 N. Cedarbrook)

We no longer pick up after private garage sales

We love donations of appliances but please be accurate with their condition. Appliances are given to families in need. There is nothing worse than giving an appliance that does not work properly. We do not wish to appear presumptuous and we sincerely appreciate each and every donation but when we are unable to sell an item, often we must pay to have it removed. We just wish to be more efficient and cost effective.  


Am not concerned (yet) Tiger has not responded to our
invitation to play in the annual ARRIS PIZZA/PAUL ZURFLUH Charity Golf Tournament (Monday, September 18th this year - mark your calendars). Am sure he's been a bit distracted with his latest surgery (what is that, number 15?), but surely he'll be fully recovered by the Fall.

I'm a 'glass half-full' kinda guy so I remain upbeat and confident my phone will ring any day with the good news he will be attending. Have already made some cool signage, booked him several nights at the Comfort Suites in Ozark and, if he brings additional family and/or staff, I think I can get them additional rooms at half-price. Am also working with Jeff to allow Tiger to eat free at Arris Pizza while in town - but I don't plan to put that on the table just yet...if needed, it will be my 'ace- in-the-hole' to close the deal. This isn't my first rodeo!

As you no doubt have already discerned, I'm very knowledgeable and comfortable dealing with celebrities and sports icons. I think they see me as a kindred spirit...someone who can relate and understand their lifestyle and fan adulation. After all, I was a college basketball star (not to brag, but I did score 9 points total over my 3 year career...let that sink in for a moment) and played racketball and slow-pitch softball a few years back. Today, not to brag, I'm a threat to break 80 any time I tee it up, assuming it's over 70 degrees, no wind, I can play the up tees, play the ball up, and my playing partners give me all putts within 5 feet.

Keeping my phone close to me at all times...don't want to miss Tiger's call. Sorry Crump, putting you on notice if Tiger does accepts our invitation, we'll be forced to trade you assuming there is a market for a bad backed, crotchety, cussing old golfer. :)


We're excited to announce that one of Help Give Hope's premier fundraising events will return for its 7th edition this coming August...specific date and time to be announced soon. We look forward to another amazing evening of great friends, food and drink!


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To Volunteer at HGH:
Call or Text:
(417) 209-7027
or email.
Murray Beairsto
Executive Director 
(417) 209-7027