Mother Once in Need Herself Launches eBay Store to Help Las Vegas’ Less Fortunate

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New non-profit uses sites like eBay to help local Las Vegas less fortunate. Beacon of Hope Charities founder, Shelly Gilhooly, mother of 4 and once a recipient of charitable assistance now using her skills to help others.

Beacon of Hope Charities

Beacon of Hope Charities

I never forgot the help I received in my time of need. Now being at a solid point in my life, I am now able to offer the same help that was once allowed me.

Falling on hard times just a few years ago, Shelly Gilhooly found herself in dire straits. Things looked pretty bleak for her and her family, which included 4 young girls. Shelly was able to find assistance from charities like Catholic Charities, Goodwill, and the Local Food Bank. During her climb back to financial stability Shelly promised herself she would someday find a way to give back to others in need.

She remembered her promise by launching Beacon of Hope Charities: “Like so many others in these hard times, I too had to rely on the kindness of others and seek out charities for help just to make it from day to day. Fighting through the hard times, I began working for myself and through diligence and determination as well as the generous help from local charities, I was able to overcome and provide nicely for my family. I never forgot the help I received in my time of need. Now being at a solid point in my life, I am now able to offer the same help that was once allowed me.”

Shelly is now utilizing her marketing skills and knowledge of online auction sites. She developed these skills while providing for her family, a dream that was helped made possible from the charitable assistance she received during the growth of her business. One of the ways she gives back, is she has created a store on eBay where she raises money by selling donated items.

Shelly says this about her venture: “Beacon of Hope Charities mission is to use the money made from our eBay store as well as generous donations to go out into the communities and provide aid for Nevada’s homeless and hungry, families and people in need, families effected by unforeseen events, e.g., fire, accidents, domestic abuse... etc.), elderly and assisted living tenants, and local veterans.. We are also inviting the public to voice their own concerns and ideas on where we can utilize our services. I have been blessed to have the help of others in launching Beacon of Hope Charities and appreciate all the help we are getting from local individuals and businesses.”

Shelly is hoping Beacon of Hope Charities can be seen as an example of how helping someone in need, giving them a hand up, can end up helping many more in return.

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