Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

November 18, 2013

Operation Christmas Child Collections

By CLINT FOSTER

For the 17th year, Palo Pinto County residents will have the opportunity to join with millions of people worldwide in filling empty shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for 9.8 million impoverished, international children.

Operation Christmas Child – which is celebrating its 20th anniversary – will hold its National Collection week Nov. 18 through 25, when they will receive, process and prepare packed boxes to be delivered to children in more than 100 countries by either trains, planes, boats, bikes, elephants or even dog sleds. According to a press release, the Christian ministry has collected more than 100 million shoebox gifts for needy children since 1993, using the gifts as a way to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ and evangelize the world.

With each shoebox full of gifts, each child also receives a book with a 12 week course to lead them to Christ. Many places that have mission worker gather classes full of the children and use the book as course material with great results.

“Through simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn they are loved and not forgotten,” the release said. “For many of these children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received.”

Local givers can drop off their shoeboxes at First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells at 100 SW 4th Avenue. The church will be open to receive the donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 18 through 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 23, noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 8 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 25. Collection sites are also located in Weatherford, Aledo, Eastland, Granbury, Springtown, Stephenville and Fort Worth.

FBC Senior Adult Director Ann Fidler is the local coordinator for Operation Christmas Child. She said Operation Christmas Child gives local people a unique mission opportunity that can effect an entire family overseas without even leaving town.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • Ruffling a few feathers

    Over the next couple of weeks you may hear shotgun blasts, sirens and air horns and see firefighters spraying trees with their hoses at businesses and near residences.

    April 24, 2014

  • Rabies reported in area horse

    PARKER COUNTY – Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control officers are advising the public of an area horse that tested positive for rabies.

    April 24, 2014

  • Baker Town Hall.jpg Laying it out: Baker developer, mayor explain funding proposal

    People of all ages and demographics showed up for what could be considered a favorable turnout to Tuesday night’s Baker Hotel 4B town hall meeting, put on by the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Welcome 2.jpg A welcome sign

    Mineral Wells may not be a film industry mecca as, say, Austin might, but the city doesn’t lack for Hollywood lore.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0423 one ribbon cutting main.jpg Almost there

    WEATHERFORD – A ribbon-cutting on a bright, beautiful Tuesday morning — attended by more than 135 people — marked the near-finish of the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway, the centerpiece and largest project of the $80 million Parker County Transportation Bond approved by voters in November of 2008.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire update 3.jpg Electrical system fault cited as cause of sausage plant blaze

    PALO PINTO COUNTY – Investigators have determined that a fault in the electrical system caused last month’s fire that ravaged the warehouse of the Kennedy Sausage plant off Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 281 South, said Palo Pinto County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Training to begin for CASA child advocates

    Although National Child Abuse prevention month is quickly coming to a close, the fight against child abuse is far from won.

    April 22, 2014

  • Genesys2.jpg S-TEC now piloted locally

    Roger Smith, CEO of Genesys Aerosystems, and his management team, saw a great opportunity for growth with the acquisition through a managed buyout of Chelton Flight Systems Inc. and S-TEC Corporation, doing business as Cobham Avionics, from Cobham.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rains bring end to burn ban – for now

    PALO PINTO – Weekend rains led Palo Pinto County Judge David Nicklas on Tuesday to temporarily lift the countywide burn ban.

    April 22, 2014

  • paperclip patent.jpg Paperclip invented locally?

    It is a staple of the office – the paper clip, a simple but elegant tool, a couple of bends of thin wire that helps keep us organized.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
SmugMug


Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

Seasonal Content
AP Video
US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents Obama Reassures Japan on China Raw: Car Crashes Into San Antonio Pool Time Magazine Announces Top Influencers List Raw: Angry Relatives Confront SKorea Officials Bigger Riders Means Bigger Horses Out West Yankees Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar Deadly Fungus Killing Bats, Spreading in US
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.