Helping in Waco Texas

I meant to post about this sooner, but details on how to help the Waco victims has been a bit buried: More updates as I find them.

  • From Keranews:
  • United Way of Tarrant County is accepting donations for West victims online or at 817-258-8019.
  • This weekend, the Rangers will hold a blood drive via Carter BloodCare and accept supply/monetary donations during their home series versus Seattle. Find out where and what to give.
  • The Knights of Columbus organization is taking donations for the West, Texas Disaster Relief Fund online. All you need is a credit card.
  • Dallas jewelry stamp f. is for frank is selling bracelets with "West TX" engraved on pewter plates (there's a "Boston" version as well.) All proceeds go the Red Cross.
  • To help with lost pets or to check on missing pets in the area, call The Humane Society of Central Texas in Waco at 254-754-1454.
    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04/18/4785162/how-to-help-west-victims-volunteer.html#storylink=cpy
  • Some people are reaching out on social media sites. A page called Prayers for Victims of Waco/West TX Fertilizer Plant Disaster was created on Facebook after last night's explosion. Different organizations, including churches and fire departments, have posted on that page how they are helping out.
  • Students in the Dallas Independent School District are also lending their support. Carter Blood Care mobile units are set up at W.T. White High School where students, staff and community members have been donating blood.
  • At Hillcrest High School, a school supply drive is being organized to collect items to send to students in West ISD. District officials say suggested supplies include pencils, pens, paper and binders. The school is also accepting donations beginning Monday, April 22 through Friday, May 3. 
  • And at W.H. Adamson High School, the athletic program will be accepting canned food donations tomorrow to send to families in West.
  • Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster says cash is the best and easiest way to give because needed items can be purchased in bulk at the best price. She recommended visiting the Red Cross website. People can also use their mobile device and text the word Red Cross to 90999, which is a $10 donation, she said.
  • The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture posted on its Facebook page that it would be delivering items to West on Monday.

The Waco Tribune has posted a list of helpful links, including how to reach loved ones on its site.

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Torn from this site whole cloth 

"For the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West near Waco,The Rod Ryan Show and Houston Food Bank are hosting a food drive this Saturday, April 20 at Buzzfest 30 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. You can drop off food donations from noon to 5 p.m. at the North gate. The Houston Food Bank will prepare the food for distribution by The Capital Area Food Bank which covers West, Texas.

Food items needed:

Peanut butter and crackers

Pop-top cans of fruit, vegetables, and apple sauce

Canned tuna and chicken

Fruit juice

Granola bars and cereal bars

Please bring only non-perishable food. Bottled water is NOT needed, and clothing and baby food cannot be accepted.

Gallery Furniture on IH-45 is also accepting donations for the victims of the explosion through the weekend. If you would like to donate, Red Cross-Waco is asking for the following items that can be dropped off at Gallery Furniture:

Water

Gatorade

Energy bars, snacks

Clothing

Blankets (cold front coming in)

Toiletries

Diapers

Formula

Bottles

Toys

Adult diapers

Peroxide, rubbing alcohol

Medical supplies

Air mattresses

Gallery Furniture is located at 6006 North Freeway Houston, TX 77076.

John Eagle Honda located at 18787 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77065 is also accepting donations.

You can also donate blood at your local Red Cross by locating a donation center nearest you.

If you happen to be traveling to Dallas this weekend, the Texas Rangers will be hosting a blood and donation drive this weekend during their home game series against Seattle. You can drop by over the weekend to donate requested items such as diapers, water bottles, gift cards for grocery stores or home supply stores, toilet paper, non-perishable food items, clothing, and cash donations.

Willie Nelson changed his birthday concert to a benefit concert on April 28 in Austin. Nelson, who was born a few miles away from West, encourages communities to visit his website for additional information on relief efforts for those affected.

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