Help is coming

Barb Claffey spoke to Springtown Optimists June 5 about the emergence of the Springtown Area Community Connection to help area needy. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Movement begins on local comprehensive charity


Help each other.
That simple phrase is being put into action in Springtown.
And the first steps have been taken to create the Springtown Area Community Connection (SACC).
Speaking to Springtown Optimists June 5, Barb Claffey said “several passionate folks” are on a board to create the non-profit.
Claffey said the charity would not be solely Springtown specific but would help those in need from surrounding areas like Poolville and Cottondale.
“We want this to be a place where people who need help can come.
“We want to give people a hand up, not a hand out,” she said.
A model organization exists in Weatherford, Center of Hope, she said.
There, partnering with local churches has allowed Center of Hope to feed, educate, and train those in need – and that’s the goal of the SACC.
But there needs to be help closer to home: Claffey said, “Springtown needs something. We’re kind of on an island.”
Still in its early stages, she said the SACC is seeking an office with computers, phones, and, eventually, a staff.
And, if, like Center of Hope, hungry people come to the SACC, the facility might need to house a kitchen, too.
Claffey is confident the organization will have its needs met: “It’s a God thing.”
Claffey’s business, Still Waters Retreat Center, is hosting an event that will serve not only as a fundraiser but as a way to bring more attention to the budding SACC.
The Still Waters event is set for July 4 and runs most of the day.
All of the proceeds from the Independence Day gathering will be directed toward SACC and the Cottondale VFD, Claffey said.
From 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $10 per carload at 403 CR 3672, visitors can enjoy a car show, a pancake breakfast (for $5), buy raffle tickets, swim, play bingo, and visit vendor booths.
An opening ceremony to honor veterans and America is slated for 9:30 a.m. – a “tribute to the military.”
Two contests are planned.
A fishing competition costs $5 to enter; two time slots are set with awards for each session.
The Still Waters tank is stocked with catfish, bluegill, and bass.
An apple pie contest is the second event; the maximum numbers of entries is 20.
The top three winners will be given ribbons.
For more information on the July 4 event, call (817) 220-2681, visit or email