Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

September 19, 2013

Salvation Army works for local communities

Mineral Wells Index

— The Salvation Army is an International movement based on the Bible and motivated by the love of God and love for people. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name without discrimination.  

The purpose of the Salvation Army is to raise funds and provide emergency assistance for people in a crisis situation in their local community.

The Salvation Army of Mineral Wells serves our community with the Center of Life. It is governed by a local advisory board which is made up of a diverse group of Christian men and women who attend different churches and work in a variety of professions.  

The Salvation Army has one fundraising event a year, which is ringing the bell in front of the red kettle at Wal-Mart and Metro during the Christmas Season. Our local Salvation Army bell ringers are composed of all volunteers who are at least 18 years old. At times teenagers help if they have adult chaperones.  

Mineral Wells Salvation Army helps Palo Pinto County residents with utility bills and gasoline for doctor’s appointments. Assistance is given one time in a 12-month period for emergencies. Potential clients are interviewed by a volunteer, who determines if there is a genuine need.  

Another service provided by the Texas Salvation Army to our local children is an opportunity to attend a summer camp in Midlothian. This year Mineral Wells sent 12 children to camp for a week. Boys and girls who are 10 to 12 years old spend a week swimming, riding horses, and participating in outdoor activities such as Putt Putt golf, archery, bicycling, and lots more.  Bible Classes and chapel are held every day as well. There are 250 to 300 children from all over the state in attendance. Campers are selected if they fall into one of two categories. The child must be from a low income family who could never afford to send their children to camp, or it may be a child who needs to spend some time away from home due to reasons such as neglect, substance abuse, physical or verbal abuse, recent divorce of parents or loss of parents.

The International Salvation Army is pleased to report that 82 cents out of every dollar is given back to people in need. The other 18% is used for administration and raising funds. In Mineral Wells, all of the money that is placed in the red kettles at Christmas time is given back to the community's residents.

Salvation Army is appreciative of all of the donations and volunteers. We encourage citizens to generously donate during the kettle drive. We also encourage anyone interested to sign up for a shift to ring the bell at Christmas.