Thursday, April 18, 2013
Helping West: Blood donations, events and other ways DFW is pitching in
Let us know if you hear of more.
DALLAS The horrific explosion on Wednesday night in West, Texas, has left many in our community wondering how to help. Here are some ways. Do you know of more? Email us at email@example.com.
UPDATE: On the Dallas Morning News, Scoop Blog, Valerie Wigglesworth is reporting that the Red Cross in Central Texas is asking that further donations be put on hold for now, as West has been inundated with donations.
Giving blood: Blood supply has been met for today, says Carter BloodCare, but the blood center asks that people make appointments to give soon. Schedule an appointment by visiting Carter BloodCare's website.
Donate money: You can give to the Red Cross here.
A victims’ fund has been set up at Pointwest Bank. Mail checks to the bank at 200 W. Oak, West, TX 76691 or P.O. Box 279, West, TX 76691. Call 254-826-5333 for more information.
Brazos Valley Media Giving Back is taking donations at Bank and Trust locations. Make the check to “BV Media Giving Back” with “West plant explosion” in the memo line. Mail to or drop off at the following locations. Bryan: 2900 S. Texas Ave. or 3400 Highway 21 East; College Station: 4450 State Highway 6 South, or 2305 Texas Ave. South
Quaker Steak & Lube: The fast-food chain known for its chicken wings is is taking donations at its locations in Plano, Carrollton and Waco.
Texas Rangers: The team announced that during this weekend's home series with the Seattle Mariners, fans may donate essential items for the victims and residents of West. Items will be collected outside the Rangers Ballpark gates from two hours before the game until 30 minutes after first pitch.
The following items are most requested: diapers/wipes, new underwear, blankets, water bottles, gift cards for grocery stores or home supply stores, toiletries, sports drinks or powdered sports drinks, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, non-perishable food items, clothing of all sizes, bedding, dog and cat food. Cash donations will also be accepted and will be directed to relief efforts.
In addition, the Rangers will team up with the Carter BloodCare to hold a blood drive for fans coming to the Sunday's game. The blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, located on the concourse behind the Lower Home Run Porch.
Childrens Lighthouse: The chain of children's learning centers is collecting donations for disaster victims at their Dallas/Fort Worth locations. Their goal is to fill seven vans to drive to West April 26. Here’s what they need: Bottled water, toiletries, blankets, diapers, formula, bottles, toys, first aid products, cots, air mattresses, pillows, linens, pet food, pet crates/carriers, medical supplies, alcohol, car seats and booster seats. Call individual Childrens Lighthouse locations about additional items. More info and locations here.
Play some bingo: GayBingo announced that $1 from every ticket sold and 10 percent of all donations made will go to help people in Boston and in West, the Dallas Voice reports. GayBingo takes place in the Rose Room at S4 Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Feeding those in need: Frisco restaurant 3 Stacks Smoke and Tap House is teaming up with the Ultimate Smoker and Grill (which you may recognize from its appearances at the State Fair of Texas) and Slovacek Sausage out of Snook, Texas, to cook for victims, relief workers and and emergency responders in West.
Also, the Texas Rangers are sending their Sportservice Food Truck to West on Friday to donate food and water.
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