Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

November 15, 2013

A chance to be a guardian angel

By CLINT FOSTER

The Christmas season is fast approaching and with it comes the obligation to give to the less fortunate in the true spirit of Christmastime.

Every year, countless children go without presents during the Holidays, but the local version of the Angel Tree does it’s best to ensure no child in Palo Pinto County is left without a present on Christmas morning.

Tommy’s Angel Tree – named for Mineral Wells firefighter and philanthropist Tommy Parker, who died of a heart attack at a fire in 1992 – has been serving the children of Mineral Wells for 20 years in the spirit of Christmas and the tree’s namesake. Angel Tree Coordinator and Tommy’s sister-in-law, Connie Parker, said the tree represents his legacy and work with children in the community.

“Tommy was just a very kid-oriented person,” she said. “He just cared about kids and people. He was a giver. We’re just trying to keep it going in his honor.”

Like most angel trees, Tommy’s Angel Tree features the names of needy children hung as ornaments on a Christmas tree. Those interested in buying a present for a child simply pluck that child’s angel off the tree (complete with information such as age and gender) and use it to buy a gift to be delivered for Christmas.

Parker said the beauty of the Angel Tree is that it thrives on complete community involvement.

“From people helping with the signups, to the wrapping, to picking angels off trees, it just shows all the support that the community comes out and gives to these kids that are underprivileged and probably wouldn’t have a lot for Christmas,” she said.

Also coming up in association with the Angel Tree is the annual Angel Tree Christmas Pageant on Dec. 7. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to compete in the modeling and talent competition at Lamar Elementary School with all proceeds going exclusively to benefit the Tommy’s Angel Tree and the kids it serves.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • 0720 one geese IMG_0387.jpg Wild goose hunt?

    A large flock of Canadian geese that have roosted at Holiday Hills Country Club might have management stuck like a duck.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 TFT stage.JPG Setting the stage

    Texas Frontier Trails is, well, once again on the trail.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • budget cover.jpg Optimism in numbers

    Next year's proposed budget seeds optimism for Mineral Well's growth.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing set for second fire district proposal

    PALO PINTO – Palo Pinto County Commissioners set a date for a hearing to place a petition on the Nov. 4 general election ballot to create a second Emergency Services District.

    July 29, 2014

  • Inquiry made on housing children at CCA

    An inquiry about housing at the former Corrections Corporation of America facility at Wolters Industrial Park some of the thousands of unaccompanied children who have crossed illegally into the United States seems to be nothing more than that, at least for now.

    July 28, 2014 2 Stories

  • Woman killed in one-vehicle wreck

    SALESVILLE – A Mineral Wells woman died Friday after she crashed her car into a brick retaining wall near Hilltop Road.

    July 28, 2014

  • bryan joyner1.jpg Back on the beat

    It is never too late to start a music career – or restart one as the case may be. For Mineral Wells High School Class of 1989 graduate Bryan Adam Joyner, restarting his is the case. He is once again making a strong push to get his music into the mainstream while performing wherever he can.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • FLIPPED TEACHING

    Teenagers seem to voraciously consume YouTube videos, whether watching Miley Cyrus and Pharrell’s latest pop music sensation, Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s workout spoof or skateboarders wiping out.

    July 27, 2014

  • Barbara Dews and compost.jpg Inspectors return to health products company

    Texas Department of State Health Services inspectors arrived Wednesday to investigate a Mineral Wells-based natural health products manufacturer, Metro Chem Associates, as part of ongoing Attorney General’s probe into the company’s operations.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • kitchen fire.jpg Kitchen fire damages county home

    PALO PINTO COUNTY – For Garen Wyatt, of Mineral Wells, mid-morning Thursday turned into one of those days in which a few minutes proved the tipping point between bad and devastating.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
SmugMug


Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

Seasonal Content
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
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.