Winter is tough in Wyoming, but it's tougher for folks in our community who don't have shelter or a place to sleep each night.

A number of them turn to the Wyoming Rescue Mission, which helps those who struggle with homelessness get back on their feet. The Mission has helped an awful lot of people, and you'd be surprised at how simple it is for you to help the folks at Wyoming Rescue Mission continue their vital work.

Here's a list of everyday items that the Mission can always use. Most of these are things you could throw in your cart the next time you are out holiday shopping and drop off at the Mission on your way home.

Kitchen Items

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Milk, cheese, eggs (USDA approved)
  • Coffee and Filters
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins

Hygiene Items

  • Toilet Paper (The Mission goes through a lot!)
  • Kleenex
  • Women's sanitary products
  • Underwear and socks

Items for Program Houses

  • Bath Towels (neutral colors)
  • Washcloths
  • Twin sheet sets
  • Pillows

General

  • Bus tokens/phone cards
  • Work gloves
  • Latex gloves (large)
  • Laundry-soap pods
  • Trash can liners (all sizes)

The Mission is always in need of cleaning supplies of all types. This includes but is not limited to disinfectant wipes and spray, bleach, window cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners.

Donated items can be dropped off anytime at 230 N. Park in Casper. [MAP]

"More often than not, when people come through our doors all they have are the clothes on their back and a few personal items. A fresh clean towel, a soft pillow, these are just a couple of things that help our guests know that they are loved and respected," The Mission says on its website.

The Wyoming Rescue Mission was founded in 1978 by Rev. Munchler, and was initially called Soul's Anchor. It was first an emergency shelter run out of a storefront on CY Avenue.

In 1991, Soul's Anchor moved into the renovated Park Street Hotel and opened the Central Wyoming Rescue Mission.

Brad Hopkins was hired as executive director in 2012. The facility was expanded again earlier this year, and the name was changed to Wyoming Rescue Mission.