• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
    Members of the Limestone County commissioners court share a light moment at their Oct. 10 meeting as Sheriff Dennis Wilson ribs the Rev. Steve Nance, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Thornton, who has just presented a donation of $3,000 to the county to buy bullet-proof vests for sheriff’s deputies. Shown here, standing, are Wilson, left, and Nance; seated, l-r, are Commissioners Bobby Forrest and Jerry Allen, County Judge Daniel Burkeen, and Commissioners W.A. ‘Sonny’ Baker and John McCarver.

Thornton church, resident donate funds for six bullet-proof vests

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

A church in Thornton has been likened to “the little church that could” after acquiring donations for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office totaling $3,000 to buy bullet-proof vests for the sheriff’s deputies. Additionally, a Hill County resident donated $600 on her own for the same purpose.

Presentations of the two donations took place at the Limestone County commissioners court’s Oct. 10 meeting, with Sheriff Dennis Wilson on hand to accept the funds.

The $3,000 donation was from First United Methodist Church, Thornton and is not their first donation. They were the first to donate toward this effort when they gave $1,200 at the court’s Sept. 27, 2016, meeting for this purpose. Each bullet-proof vest costs about $600, so this most recent donation should provide for five vests.

Wilson commended the church members and pastor for the big gesture despite the church’s small size.

“We have Pastor Steve Nance here today to represent the little church that not only thinks it can but the little church at Thornton that does what it says it’s going to do,” Wilson said. “The Methodist Church in Thornton, for y’all who don’t know, started a program almost a year ago that made a commitment to the Sheriff’s Office about providing bullet-proof vests for our deputies. That donation has grown to a little over $6,000 now that the public has donated to that fund because of a little gesture that started in a little church in Thornton that has a big heart.

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