I am new to this whole beekeeping thing. A friend gave me a hive, and I really like the idea of this endeavor. I am committed to the bees, and not afraid of the work it takes to keep them safe, healthy, and happy. However, at this point all I have been able to do is look at them and read material. I have no tools or gear, and as many others might relate, no money to just go out and buy what the bees and I need. I hope it is not inappropriate in this forum to ask, nor too absurd a request, but being older, and not as able to make a quick buck by hiring myself out for hard labor, I am looking for a ex-beekeeper who might have some tools etc. they want to part with. I am open to any generous donation. If anyone feels big-hearted and lives near Springfield, MO, I would love to hear from you. Thank you.