MINDEN, La. (KSLA) - A Webster Parish woman is doing what she can to help clothe people in Webster Parish who are struggling financially.
Diana Sanders is living out a mission that’s close to her heart.
“I was one of four kids,” she explains. “We did not have a lot.”
Inspired by her experiences growing up and the closure of Minden’s Goodwill a few years ago, Sanders opened the nonprofit thrift store Mercy’s Closet in March to help clothe people in need.
“I see so many kids getting off the bus and into cars that look like I did when I was a kid. And that was one of the things that helped me to know I needed to do it.”
Donated items are sold to customers at thrift store prices, just like you’d expect.
What makes Mercy’s Closet different is that it also helps those who can’t pay.
Just last month, the nonprofit gave away 600 free clothing items during a back-to-school uniform giveaway. Those who are just out of prison, foster children and others also can apply for free clothing.
“It’s been pretty overwhelming," Sanders said. "I wish there had been something like this when I was a kid.”
Seeing her mission come to life makes her emotional.
But it’s all worth it to know she’s giving back to her community, Sanders said.
“It’s been rewarding. I feel like we are just scratching the surface. I think we are going to be able to fulfill the mission.”
Sanders hopes to keep filling that need but also needs more shoppers looking for thrift store deals to ensure the operation stays successful.
Mercy’s Closet is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Saturday and closed on Sundays.