On June 10 at 10 a.m., the Texas County Salvation Army will kick off its first-ever Spring Ring at the Houston Walmart to help raise money for needy Texas County residents.  

This special bell-ringing event has been coordinated to help the local Salvation Army recover much-needed funding after last winter’s propane crisis and subsequent high utility bills. During the first quarter of 2014, the Salvation Army purchased the minimum amount of propane and utility bills for several clients, and assisted several new clients who typically do not need assistance.

In all, this life-saving assistance program helped more than 150 families stay warm – and alive – by spending more than $15,000 during the first quarter. The goal of the Spring Ring is to raise at least $3,000. The Texas County Salvation Army also provides food, clothing, prescription medication, medical service, transportation and rent assistance.

Anyone interested in helping raise funds by signing up to ring the bell is encouraged to call Tanya Pacheco or Bennie Cook at the Texas County Food Pantry at 417-967-4484. The Spring Ring fund-raising drive will continue through June 17. Small kettles will also be placed at stores across the county.

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