God's Closet, a new mission affiliated with First United Methodist Church, is gearing up for its grand opening Saturday in the former Checkerboard restaurant in Valley View Shopping Center.

Parents will be able to pick up clothes and supplies for their children for the upcoming school year free of charge but on a limited basis.

This is to ensure that all area children in need will be able to receive some supplies.

Parents must provide two proofs of residency to show that they reside of Neshoba County, such as utility bills, homestead exemptions, etc.

Children do not have to be present to register, but birth certificates must be provided.

Parents will be allowed to come the Thursday before the grand opening from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to fill out necessary paperwork to receive supplies.

"Parents will not be able to pick out clothing, but will be able to fill out the paperwork," said Brenda Vowell, a member of the United Methodist Women of FUMC.

The mission is seeking donations of school supplies, backpacks, belts, new socks, gently worn uniforms/clothes, tissues, hand sanitizer, clothes hangers, and other supplies.

Also, monetary gifts, which are tax deductible, such as memorials or honorariums, will also be accepted. Checks should be made payable to First United Methodist Church with a memo saying God's Closet.

UMW member Mary John Turnage said God's Closet was a great ministry.

"There are a lot of needs in Neshoba County and we think this will help alleviate those needs," she said.

God's Closet, located in Valley View Shopping Center, is a mission of the United Methodist Women of FUMC.

The mission will be open every Saturday year round from 9 a.m. until noon. Donations will also be accepted at this time.

"We've had a lot of great people to help us," Vowell said. "People have donated paint, washers, dryers, clothes hanger and other supplies.

"It's amazing how people have stepped up and God has blessed it."