Missions Unlimited shutting the doors on Jasper thrift store
by Briana Webster
Oct 01, 2013 | 3776 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Charles Harper of Missions Unlimited said the company’s local thrift store in Jasper is closing its doors and shutting down business.

The nonprofit relief and development organization is having a “going-out-of-business” sale today, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. where everything must go.

Harper said Missions Unlimited is “not going away, but the thrift store is closing. So, we’ve got industrial tools where we made stuff, our wheelchairs, we’ve got the deep freezes where we operated a food bank, and we’ve got stuff left over from the thrift store, such as beds, kitchen tables, chairs, and stuff like that. The board has wanted to close everything down and so we’re closing down the thrift store part.”

Since the passing of the organization’s former president Kenneth Key, the company has chosen Tom Zaner to oversee its operations, Harper said.

“The Missions Unlimited organization is staying open. We’re going to continue to do humanitarian and disaster assistance throughout the United States and the world, but the main office is moving to Prattville,” Harper said. “... Tom Zaner, who is now the acting president of Missions Unlimited, he’s going to move part of his office and this office here and consolidate down in Prattville, Ala. We’re going to continue working with the people and doing the things we do whether it be local or overseas.” 

The sale will be going on at the thrift store located at 251 21st Street East at Corona Avenue behind the Salvation Army. Harper spoke briefly on Key’s passing and thanked those who have always had a part in donating or helping out with the company.

“It’s a big loss to the community and everybody in general. We just thank everybody that supported us over the years and that helped us with our thrift store,” Harper said. “If anybody else would like to give anything, give to our neighbors at the Salvation Army.”