Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

June 27, 2013

Things We Take For Granted . . .


— Every now and then my husband asks me to trim the scraggly hairline at the base of his neck. I’ve also done the same for my mom, who has always helped my dad.

Sometimes I forget to acknowledge the blessing of having someone around to help do things that I have trouble doing for myself, like sticking bandaids on hard-to-reach places or working free from a back zipper tangled up in my dress.

For elderly persons who live alone it’s harder to overcome some of these challenges. Even something as simple as cutting toenails is rife with obstacles.  So whenever someone volunteers to provide some kind of service for our Senior Center participants, we gratefully welcome their help.

Recently a licensed beautician offered to come to the center once a week to give free trims and haircuts to our participants. In a phone call to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which governs all of the state’s cosmetology activities, I was assured that a volunteer hairdresser at a non-profit center could do anything she wanted on our premises as long as no money was exchanged. So every Tuesday our folks have been lining up for free trims. For people who live on low, fixed incomes, even something as simple as a free haircut can make a huge difference in their lives. We are thankful to Brittany Ahern for the help she has provided.

We never take for granted any support we receive from our community. This year the residents and businesses of this area have rallied to help us with our upcoming Taste of Palo Pinto County fundraiser.  Our entire staff and Board of Directors are extremely grateful to those who are sponsoring the event. Our top-level 5-Star sponsors this year are:  Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home, First Financial Bank, Tim Gary, Diamond Pharmacy and Upham Gas & Oil.  

This year’s 4-Star sponsors include Alpine Construction, the Mineral Wells Index, Palo Pinto General Hospital, PECO Facet, Progressive Waste Solutions, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance and Titan Bank.

The persons and companies sponsoring our event at the 3-Star level are Arbor House Weatherford, April Martin State Farm, Century 21 Properties Unlimited, D&D Motor Co., Keg 1 O’Neal, the Mineral Wells Noon Lions Club, Mineral Wells Nursing & Rehab, Palo Pinto Nursing & Rehab and Palo Pinto Thrift and Gift Shop.

Our 2-Star sponsors for this year are Phil “Bud” Garrett, Judge David and Mrs. Joyce Nicklas, Jim Weaver and Palin Bree, Backforty Bunkhouse Productions, Brazos Animal Hospital, Double H Tire, First State Bank, Gene’s World KVCE 1160 AM Radio and Texas American Insurers, Inc.

The Taste of Palo Pinto County vendors will be Chili’s, Chubby’s BBQ & Grill, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Golden Chick, Hayes Station Coffee, Holiday Hills Country Club, Mineral Wells Senior Center, the Mesquite Pit, Natty Flat Smokehouse, Palo Pinto Challenge Inc., Pastafina, Shotgun’s BBQ Restaurant, Taste and See Bakery Treats, Tastefully Simple and Top Shelf Liquor Warehouse.  

We are grateful to all these people and companies for supporting this crucial fundraising event. The entire Senior Center staff, participants and members of the Board of Directors would like to express a big Thank You to all of you for blessing us with your generosity.

As a parting word, I’d like to remind everyone that the Senior Center will be closed next week on July 4.  We will celebrate Independence Day with a cookout party at noon on Wednesday, July 3. Everyone is welcome, but call to let us know you’re coming so we can plan for the food.