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Smith County Donates Surplus to Mustard Seed Ministries

The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved the county’s donation of surplus computer equipment to Mustard Seed Ministries, which refurbishes them for local school children.


Twice a year the county donates computer equipment it can no longer use to the nonprofit organization. The latest donation includes 34 desktops, 17 laptops, four printers, two scanners, two servers, one fax, 22 monitors and numerous boxes of old keyboards and mice.


Dr. Karen Jones, founder and president of Mustard Seed Ministries, plans to pick up the equipment from the Smith County Information Technology Department on Monday, January 29.


For years, Smith County has donated outdated and broken computer equipment to Mustard Seed Ministries. The nonprofit organization dismantles and reassembles the equipment and donates them to school children who do not have computers. The nonprofit has given more than 11,000 computers to local schools since 2001, Dr. Jones has said.


Dr. Jones said she has received several thousand machines from Smith County over the years.


The nonprofit organization has grown to service eight schools, including the Tyler, Whitehouse and Mineola school districts. She said 2018 should be a record year for the organization.

Last week, Mustard Seed Ministries was awarded the Rev. Jerome Milton Award for Non-Violent Social Change. “We consider it an honor to receive this award,” Dr. Jones said. “We have dedicated our ministry to changing the lives of children through education and technology. This award tells us that someone has noticed!”


Smith County IT Director Don Bell said he appreciates the partnership the county has with Mustard Seed Ministries, and their commitment in serving the schools and children in Smith County through the repurposing of the county’s donated technology.


“We look forward to continuing our relationship with this outstanding organization,” he said.


Mustard Seed Ministries, at 1420 N. Church Ave., is a nonprofit organization and a working extension ministry of the United Methodist Church. For more information, visit

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