In the early 1990’s, Mike Hudgins, the founder of The Mercy Warehouse, was on a humanitarian trip to the impoverished nation 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.