''Shopping on Wheels'' rolls into Jefferson City and Columbia

Shopping on Wheels benefits homebound individuals in mid-Missouri.

"Shopping on Wheels" is the new name of a Salvation Army program in Jefferson City and Columbia.

Major Beth Trimmell and the women's ministry started the program to help homebound individuals in the mid-Missouri area get things they normally would not have access to.

"We will send a letter out through Meals on Wheels to homebound individuals and invite them to call the Salvation Army with their name, phone number, and a wish list of clothing or small household item that they would like or need to have," said Major Trimmell.

Things on many people's lists include bed and bathroom linens, clothing, shoes, and small kitchen appliances and utensils.

Basically any request a person has, the women's ministry will do their best to find it in the thrift store. The ladies bring multiples of the items listed, such as three different red sweaters for them to choose from.

The ministry goes shopping for the items on a person's list, then delivers the package the next day.

"The most common response we get is, 'This is better than Christmas.'," said Major Trimmell.

The public is encouraged to keep donating to their local Salvation Army stores to help keep the program going.

Major Trimmell wants homebound residents to know that this is a safe, legitimate program that they can rely on for help.

If an individual would like to receive items from Shopping on Wheels, they can call either the Salvation Army office in Columbia at (573)-635-1975, or the Jefferson City office at (573)-442-3229.