The Wig Bank of Caldwell County began as the vision of two people: a hair salon owner and an oncology nurse. Both saw a growing need within the communities they served. The beginnings were humble with a few wigs in a closet; but were accompanied by a strong desire to help others. Their passion was contagious and soon The Wig Bank was a growing effort by many in the community who continue to share a desire to make a difference in the lives of others.
Today The Wig Bank is known as the little house on Mulberry Street with the purple door. It's also known for its welcoming interior where everyone can find educational resources regarding cancer, a warm cup of coffee and a friendly face to help calm, comfort and listen.
The Wig Bank is in its second decade of service to residents of Caldwell County and their families on a journey of surviving cancer. Initially, The Wig Bank was formed to provide wigs to women. Over the years, other services have been added. These additional programs are designed to help survivors feel better and include support groups for men, women and children. Other services include wigs, makeup kits and instruction, funds for gas and food, and current literature about various types of cancer, exercise classes, and much more.
Through a massive fundraising and renovation effort, the home on Mulberry Street was purchased and remodeled several years ago. The home is just that: a place that's warm and comfortable! It's a place where people feel welcome to drop by--even if it's just for friendly, encouraging conversation.
The home is not only used for classes and support groups, it's available to families who might be looking for a change of pace. For instance, the game room is the perfect place for a family working through cancer who needs a night out that is fun, safe, and entertaining. It's here where we have pool, foosball, ping pong, card tables and even a DVD player with a large screen TV. It's a perfect night out for a family that has been primarily homebound.
The Wig Bank library is full of information that can be read leisurely in one of the home's soft chairs or taken home. There are extensive offerings of brochures and booklets from the American Cancer Society which are updated constantly. Also, The Wig Bank has two computers available for internet searches about cancer and related issues.
Continuing the principles of the co-founders, all services are free thanks to the generous supporters of The Wig Bank!