You’ve seen the horrible images of the damage from West, Texas. You want to help out. So, you go online and search for “donate to West, Texas. There’s a lot of stuff on there, but how do you know you’re helping out the best way you can?
This is what we came up with:
They really don’t need clothes or food or diapers right now. Sure, there are some hugh donation drives going on in the next few days, but relief officials right now they have enough.
We are overwhelmed with generosity from people/groups who want to collect clothing and items. We are NOT IN NEED of these items.—
Central TX Red Cross (@CenTexRedCross) April 19, 2013
“There’s a great chance that, even this close to the blast area and the area of need that if folks were to gather up gifts in kind here they may very well go to waste or be stock-piled for an amount of time,” said Major Ward Matthews with the Salvation Army DFW.
That’s why everyone in West right now is asking for money, not things.
“Anyone can see that there’s millions of dollars worth of damage that canned goods or bottled water isn’t going to meet all those needs,” said Ward. “The best gift, the most thoughtful gift, it sometimes seems crass, but it’s cash. If the need happens to be food, cash can be used in the area to buy food.
There are many official funds set up to collect donations.
- Texas Disaster Relief Fund (Money will be used for the West plant explosion and other Texas disasters)
- The Salvation Army (All money will go to West, Texas relief)
- Knights of Columbus (All money will go to West, Texas relief)
- United Way – Tarrant County
- United Way – Dallas County (All money will go to West, Texas disaster relief)
- American Red Cross (Money will go to the general disaster relief fund)
- Pointwest Bank
- Brazos Valley Media Giving Back Fund
- The Waco Foundation West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund (All money will go to West, Texas disaster relief)
If money just isn’t personal enough for you… there’s still a big need for blood. Around 200 people were injured in the blast, and many are still recovering. Check out the Red Cross or Carter BloodCare to find donation sites. The Texas Rangers and Carter BloodCare will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.