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Coats, blankets needed for winter at Missions Attic

GROVES — The stock of available coats and blankets at the Missions Attic is running low, which is a problem for those in need.

The Missions Attic is a re-sale shop that supports the United Board of Missions, a faith based non-profit that helps with needs such as clothing, shelter and food.

Mae Terro, executive director of the UBM, walked to a nearly empty rack inside the Missions Attic, 3300 Twin City Hwy., to show how low the supply is.

People have been asking for coats and blankets and the shop wasn’t ready back in October when an early cold snap hit.

When clients go to UMB on Ninth Avenue in Port Arthur, they are given vouchers and bring them to the Missions Attic to pick up coats and blankets. Plus, Terro said, they get a lot of walk-ins, people stopping by on bicycles.

The Missions Attic is seeking donations of coats for children through adult sizes and blankets in new or good used condition. They may be brought to the shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Terro said it is best if the donations are brought inside instead of left outside because they may be stolen outdoors.

There is a need, she said.

“Some people can’t afford to buy a new coat or sweater and children grow, and they may even grow a size or two during the winter,” she said. “Some can’t afford to buy new coats every year.