How to help the victims in West, Texas
14 people confirmed dead, 200 others injured
Many of you are asking how you can help the victims of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. We have compiled this list of places collecting donations. We will update it as we receive more information about what is needed.
Food, water and clothing have been pouring into West since the explosion, but city leaders said right now, they need money.
It's as easy as a swipe at the grocery store check out counter. HEB and Kroger grocery stores have launched a disaster relief donation campaign for stores statewide to send relief through the Red Cross.
Customers have the opportunity to add a donation of $1 to $3 to their total grocery bill at the register. One-hundred percent of the donations will go to the American Red Cross and its emergency efforts in the small town of West.
The Salvation Army is also taking donations. You can donate online to the Texas Disaster Relief Fund. It was created in 2005 following Hurricane Rita. The fund provides assistance to people and communities recovering from a disaster across Texas.
6006 North Fwy, Houston (713) 694-5570
Gallery Furniture is now accepting gift cards only for the victims in West. It has already sent several trucks of donated supplies to the east Texas town.
DeMontrond in Conroe will be collecting items to take to West, TX. Please consider donating bottled water, toiletries, blankets, diapers, formula, bottles, toys, adult diapers, peroxide, alcohol, gauze, medical supplies, cots, air mattresses, pillows, dog food, cat food and pet crates or carriers. Donations should be brought to DeMontrond in Conroe - 888 IH45 South, Conroe, Texas 77304. They will post updated lists of supplies needed regularly on their Facebook page. Please call 936-539-3181 with any questions or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Salvation Army
Several mobile feeding units are in West, Texas. The Salvation Army is one of the nation's largest providers of disaster service and needs donations to help pay for their efforts.
- $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
- $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
- $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
- $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
- $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day
American Red Cross
Kroger is working with the Red Cross to help recovery efforts in West, Texas. Starting Thursday, customers can donate at the register in any local Kroger store to aid affected families. All donated proceeds benefit the Red Cross.
HEB stores are also taking donations for the American Red Cross. Customers may add $1 to $3 to their total grocery bill at the checkout and the donated amount will go to the American Red Cross.
Texas Land & Cattle
Texas Land & Cattle invites you to dine and donate as Texans help Texas families of first responders on the scene in West, Texas. Dine with us at any of our 26 locations on Sunday and Texas Land & Cattle will donate 20% of net sales to first responders and their families. The opportunity to help is available all day at all locations.
Scott C. Smith, CEO of Texas Land & Cattle, shares this, "Our heartfelt condolences go out the community of West and the heroes that lost their lives responding to this tragedy. When our fellow Texans are hurting, we all want to band together to help any way we can. Texas Land & Cattle has aligned with The 100 Club of Central Texas to provide aid to the families. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of the people that have been impacted by this terrible tragedy in West, Texas."
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
The Center was able to respond to a request for platelets to help the victims of the plant explosion by sending platelets to Austin Thursday morning. The donation was to help with patients that had been transported from Waco to Austin for treatment. As it takes approximately 24 hours to process blood donations, these units had been donated in the days prior to the incident and were readily available when the request was received.
Although The Blood Center's primary service area is the 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region, the organization is prepared to assist other regions when needed, as supplies are available. On Monday, April 15, The Blood Center sent several units of platelets to a Boston hospital treating patients injured by the Boston Marathon explosions.
While they do not currently have any special blood drives scheduled specifically for these events, the 16 Neighborhood Donor Centers regularly accept donations.
Your donations will ensure local blood needs are met and help The Blood Center be prepared in the event additional requests are received. Every day, The Blood Center must collect about 1,000 units just to meet patient needs within our own 26-county region.
If you are interested and eligible to donate, please visit www.giveblood.org to find a location.
Cypress Woods High School
A Cypress Woods High School student with ties to West, Texas, is collecting bottled water, diapers, toiletries and non-perishable food in the FFA garage at the school, 13550 Wood Spillane Blvd. in Cypress, until 6 p.m. on Friday.
Texas Baptist Men
This organization has a disaster relief ministry. A representative told Local 2 that Texas Baptist Men will probably send cleanout recovery units, box units, and maybe blue tarp/roofing units. They are coordinating with state emergency management officials to coordinate the response. As soon as they receive the green light, they say they will send out 11,000 trained volunteers and relief units (including feeding and shower/laundry units).
Click here to donate to TBM.
West, Texas Banks have set up accounts where you can donate online
Point West bank has setup a donate button directly on their homepage.
A representative of Point West tells Local 2 the money will be given to ministerial charities in West who will distribute the funds where they are needed.
Willie Nelson Benefit Concert in Bee Cave
The previously scheduled concert on 4/28 at @thenewbackyard will now benefit the West VFD.
Houston Mattress Firm stores Collecting Donations
Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday: 12 to 6 p.m.
Find a store near you: http://www.mattressfirm.com/StoreLocator.aspx
Items needed include:
- Food items - bottled water, canned food, Gatorade, energy bars/snacks, dog food, cat food, baby formula
- Children needs - clothing, diapers, bottles, toys
- Toiletries - adult diapers, medical supplies
- Other needs - pet crates/carriers, pillows, blankets
Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank held an emergency food drive to collect items for the victims and first responders. It was held Saturday at 535 Portwall, just inside the 610 Loop between McCarty and Gellhorn. The food bank did NOT accept bottled water, baby food or clothing. The items most needed include:
- ready-to-eat foods that require no cooking
- peanut butter and crackers
- pop-top cans of fruit, vegetables and apple sauce
- canned tuna and/or chicken
- fruit juice
- granola and cereal bars