Although there is a lot of out-of-pocket expenses, Edna Douglas continues her efforts to cloth and help all those in need through Mission on Wheels. She drives around collecting items to be given away at her 118 1/2 S. Main location, and operates through donations.
Douglas literally started the effort in 2005 out of the trunk of her car, gathering clothing and giving it away to those in need. She eventually moved her clothing giveaway to a storage unit, and later to a building.
Now in a building, Douglas also tries to help with more than just clothing by seeking out furniture for families in need, fans in the summertime and blankets in the winter, along with some food items. She sponsors a prom dress and tuxedo giveaway each year, as well as gathers school supplies for back-to-school time. She also hosts fun activities with games and food around Easter, Halloween and other holidays. The kicker is, Douglas never charges a penny for any of it. She depends on the grace of God to use her to get the items to those who need it through her and her volunteers.
One of the main resources Douglas depends on for Mission on Wheels is the wheels. Her vehicle. Needless to say, her vehicle has gone through a lot, and finally gave out on her a week ago Friday. She even had to call for roadside assistance and left the expense of fixing it or replacing it in God’s hands. He answered her prayer on Monday.
Out of the blue, with no knowledge to the contributor, her vehicle was replaced with a 2004 Toyota Avalon three days later. She received a call that someone was donating the vehicle to her and her mission, and that it was at Wilmes Superstore being equipped with new tires and a battery. All she had to do was go pick it up – no cost to her.
“I was flabbergasted,” exclaimed Douglas. “All the glory and honor belongs to God.” Douglas added that she was told that the donor(s) said that believed in her mission and wanted her to have the vehicle. “This is such a blessing. It was totally a God thing,” she added.
If you want to help further Douglas’ mission, Mission on Wheels, or for more information, call her at 580-649-8620.
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