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Church commended for immunization clinic

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 16, 2013

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood (center left) presents a proclamation to Inez Williams (center right) of First United Methodist Church of Forney for pursuing her dream to the benefit of children in Kaufman County with free flu vaccinations. Pictured from left are executive director of the Caring for Children Foundation Wes Crenshaw, Craig Jeffrey, Pastor Chris Allen, Richard Cross, Wood, Blue (Cross/Shield) Bear, Williams, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Ray Clark,  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas representatives Gail Anderson and Michelle Riddell, Joyce Cross, Caring for Children Foundation representatives Patsy Crenshaw and Lynda Shirley, church members Eve McClintock and Lewis Pierce.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood (center left) presents a proclamation to Inez Williams (center right) of First United Methodist Church of Forney for pursuing her dream to the benefit of children in Kaufman County with free flu vaccinations. Pictured from left are executive director of the Caring for Children Foundation Wes Crenshaw, Craig Jeffrey, Pastor Chris Allen, Richard Cross, Wood, Blue (Cross/Shield) Bear, Williams, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Ray Clark, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas representatives Gail Anderson and Michelle Riddell, Joyce Cross, Caring for Children Foundation representatives Patsy Crenshaw and Lynda Shirley, church members Eve McClintock and Lewis Pierce.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–Kaufman County Commissioners Court commended an effort started by a Sunday School class in Forney, with the help of several partners that has been successful in immunizing 3,250 children.
A dream of Inez Williams of the First Methodist Church in Forney took shape after partnering with The Caring for Children Foundation of Texas and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
She and the Seekers and Boosters Sunday School Classes at the church committed financing and set aside a place for a once-a-month shot clinic, Kaufman County, judge Bruce Wood said.
“Their efforts have resulted in over 3,250 children receiving more than 8,370 immunizations, resulting in saving families approximately $670,000.
“Therefore, I, Bruce Wood, Kaufman County Judge, commend the continued dedication of The Caring for Children Foundation of Texas, the Seekers class of First United Methodist Church of Forney, and others involved for their ongoing service to insure the children of Kaufman County are receiving the needed immunizations for a healthier life.”
Lynda Shirley, Care Van Program manager, said the church’s efforts to advertise the clinic on a bill board on Highway 80, and through other avenues has been very helpful.
“They also volunteer the night of the clinic, helping families fill out the paperwork and contribute financially to the program,” she said.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas partners with the Caring For Children Foundation of Texas by paying all the administrative costs of their Care Van Program, which includes Shirley’s salary, maintaining the van and supplying it with immunizations.
The clinic is held 5-7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the church. “We’d like to see more children taking advantage of the program,” Shirley said. But this depends on the school nurse referring families to the free clinic.
Children who are uninsured or underinsured are the ones to benefit from the program, she said.
The First United Methodist Church in Forney has been holding the clinic for nearly eight years now.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas spokeswoman Michelle Riddell expressed her appreciation for those committed to the community and its children.
“I am so impressed and moved by what they’ve been able to do and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is proud to be a partner in their vision,” she said.
Pastor Chris Allen of the church referred to the Matthew 25:40. “Jesus says that when we do kind things for those in need we are serving him. First Methodist Forney has a tradition of reaching out in Christ’s love. I can only say that I am very blessed to be serving a church whose outreaching love is so close to the heart of Jesus.”
In other action, commissioners:
•approved interlocal agreements with cities in Precinct 4, including Mabank, and ratified a plan to split the cost of road material between the county and city to maintain CR 4006 in a twice yearly basis.
• approved the purchase of a Boom Mower for Precinct 3 for $32,862 and a used Caterpillar 307C Excavator for Precinct 1 for about $59,000.
• paid bills totaling $980,652.64.

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