Due to the overwhelming response to my last post, How to help: West, Texas, I thought I’d let y’all know how we’re doing over here in the Lone Star State.
In West, all missing persons have now been accounted for. 14 people, most of whom were first responders, were killed. Over 200 more were injured. The explosion destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, and rocked the small town to its core. But there’s good news: West is starting to recover. Residents are returning home, students are going back to school, and slowly but surely the community is beginning to heal. And there’s more good news: you’re helping.
According to the Waco Tribune:
It would seem Central Texas and countless communities linked by social media are wrapping their arms around the community of 2,800 in its time of need…
So many cases of food items, bottled water and sundries have landed on West’s doorstep that the Waco-McLennan County Emergency Management’s Office command post in West issued a statement Monday afternoon that said “no additional items are needed.”
In light of this, here’s my revised list of ways to help West:
- Donate online to the Waco Foundation’s tax-deductible West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund or the Texas Disaster Relief Fund, which is managed by the office of the Governor and is also tax-deductible.
- WithWest.com has compiled and excellent list of additional charities and organizations working to help the town
- The city of West has also requested that monetary donations be made to the American Red Cross, which will direct funds to disasters across the nation.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support of this resiliant community in their time of need. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, via either the comment section below or the form on the About page.
More on West, Texas:
The President and First Lady will attend a memorial service for victims of the explosion at Baylor University on Thursday. A facebook group, Prayers for Victims of Waco/West TX Fertilizer Plant Disaster has been set up in support of the community