She recently helped a group give away some bicycles, he said. On a regular basis, an individual brings in bread “and she’ll either take it to our food bank or one of the other food banks.”
Last year, a local store contacted Tammy with potatoes to give to food banks and organizations. Gary Lovell said this ended up being 1,500 pounds of spuds.
“In two-and-a-half hours she found a home for every bit of it from the charity organizations around town,” he said.
In addition to helping organizations, Tammy Lovell has taken a hands-on approach to helping individuals in need.
“If there’s a person in need, she’ll do her best to find a solution,” said Gary Lovell. “She said it’s her calling, it’s what God wants her to do.”
Tammy Lovell has served as FUMC Food Bank chair for eight years, he said, adding that her ramped-up community involvement started in 2005, when refugees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita came to town.
“She helped refugees and fed a lot of people,” he said. “They stayed with families, who weren’t prepared. She was running the [FUMC] Food Bank then and saw the need and got a little more involved.”
“Tammy and Amy Ortiz got together to talk about this and [set up] a meeting with Michelle Garcia, based on Center of Hope,” he said. “Ray stepped up and they had the [Miracle Mission] Action Fair at the high school.”
Lovell said the group, namely his wife, Garcia and Mays, proceeded with plans for the Mineral Wells Center of Life.
Center of Life
Tammy Lovell shared with the Index that a network of area citizens was meeting to form a faith-based center called Mineral Wells Center of Life. Largely based on the Parker County Center of Hope, she said the proposed center would help educate citizens in job skills and try to help break the cycle of poverty in Mineral Wells.
It started with a suggestion at a meeting in early 2011, recalls Center of Life board member and fellow organizer Ray Mays.