In the early 1990’s, Mike Hudgins, the founder of The Mercy Warehouse, was on a humanitarian trip to the impoverished city of Calcutta, now named Kolkata. While there, he decided that he would visit Mother Teresa. He wound up speaking with her in her compound while seated on a bench outside her bedroom door. She told him that he needed to “look, see, and do something about it” - even in his own hometown. This became the driving vision behind The Mercy Warehouse. We began doing just that in 2008 during the recession, and have been helping those in need ever since.
It is the mission of The Mercy Warehouse to provide food for those in need through the sale of donated goods. We are uniquely able to leverage valuable community and corporate relationships, causing every dollar that we earn in our thrift store to stretch into large quantities of high-quality groceries. We currently feed over 1,000 people every week through our local food bank in Laguna Niguel, our weekly homeless outreaches into Santa Ana and Los Angeles, and through our sponsorship of three orphanages in Tiajuana, Mexico.
In addition to our food ministry, we are also deeply passionate about helping the homeless population of South Orange County. We currently provide clothing, bedding, toiletries, and other needed supplies to those that come to us for assistance. It is our dream to be able to provide support for individuals wanting to get back on their feet and as they secure housing and meaningful employment.
We are a volunteer-run organization. We now have over 200 members of our community giving over 1200 hours every week toward seeing the mission of The Mercy Warehouse fulfilled.
The Mercy Warehouse takes in tax-deductible donations of unwanted goods, clothing, and furniture. We then sort and sell them in our 20,000 square-foot facility. Our thrift store is open for sales every day.
We use the profits from those sales to purchase food for needy families both in our own area and abroad. Through this process we are able to provide food for over 1000 people weekly.
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