The non-profit organization, Mission On Wheels, is having their “Re-Opening” on Friday, Jan. 10, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. after being temporarily closed due to cold temperatures during the winter months. Anyone in need of clothing can browse their selection and enjoy cookies and punch during their re-opening. Then on Monday, Jan. 13, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. they will begin accepting new donations.
Mission On Wheels decided to suspend their operation because their building is not equipped with a heating system.
“It’s been a hard winter,” Douglas said. Those browsing through their clothing selection have been unable to try clothing on inside the building because it has been too cold. Douglas, and Mission on Wheels volunteer since 2009, Mosell Love, organizes and folds clothing while wearing hats and gloves to stay warm. They hope that in the near future they will be able to move to a building with available heating.
“We need volunteers and donations and sponsors to help keep our doors open,” said Douglas. “We need someone to help us get into a new building.” Douglas also would like enough space for a designated area to set up furniture for people to pick out. She hopes someone can help them relocate to the old United Supermarket office building on West Walnut.
Mission On Wheels has often relied upon the generosity and donations of local sponsors and churches who have helped finance or support the operation. Sponsors so far have contributed by helping with rent or utilities, donating clothing, or dropping off food for those stopping in for a snack or beverage. Mission On Wheels have already received some donations of fashionable prom dresses, shoes, and accessories available in April for this year’s prom.
Mission on Wheels has come a long way since it was started by Douglas in 2004, out of the trunk of her car. Eventually she rented a storage unit at Altus Mini-storage on Falcon Road until 2009, before moving into their current location on W. Walnut Ave.
“We’re here trying to serve the people,” Douglas said.
Mission on Wheels is located at 213 W. Walnut in Altus, and will be open on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m., and will take donations as usual until resuming regular business hours as soon as weather permits. For more information call Edna Douglas at (580) 649-8620.