By LIBBY CLUETT
An estimated 701 children received bags full of free school supplies and much more at Saturday's annual Back-to-School Fair.
The fair is intended to help students who have few resources get started Aug. 26 with the school supplies they need.
It "took a village" to provide this, largely thanks to the generosity of the community. On top of the goods and valuable information, Carla Hay and Palo Pinto General Hospital Rural Health Clinic staff provided 26 sports physicals and Carter Blood Care went away with 30 donations of blood.
Chief organizer Liz O'Quin said there were bounce houses, snow cones and balloon animals.
O'Quin said she wants to thank the many generous sponsors for the Back-to-School Fair. These include: Walmart, Progressive Waste Solutions, Diamond Pharmacy, First Baptist Church members, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Golden Chick, Noah's Ark Thrift Store, Iglesia Templo Bautista, ERA Welding, IntegraCare, Goodrum Renovations, Rotary Club #1801, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2399, Pythian Sisters, PECO Faucet, Countryside Therapy Group, Freeze Carpets, Waddy's Best Value Pharmacy.
She said additional “thank yous” go to: Jumping for Joy, for donating the bounce houses; Eventide Natural Spring Water, for providing water for the volunteers; Dairy Mart, for providing lunch for the volunteers; Texas Best Donuts, for assisting with breakfast; Carter Blood Care, for the blood drive; and Hay and staff from PPGH, for providing the physicals.
“Also a thank you to the countless volunteers who came both Friday night and Saturday morning to help make this year's Back to School Fair a success,” said O'Quin. “Without these individuals, organizations and businesses we would not be able to assist these children and their families with getting the new school year off to a great start. It's organizations and individuals like these that make Mineral Wells a great place to live.”