April 25, 2013 — Donations from international and local organizations have been pouring in for residents of West, Texas, after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion last week injured hundreds and killed at least 15 people. They are in great need of blood donations, financial donations to reputable charities, and gift cards. Local news organizations, including CBS Dallas Fort Worth and KTRK-TV, have provided lists of emergency resources for victims and charities accepting donations.
Trucks carrying boxes of food, clothing, medical supplies, and bottled water have become a commonplace sight in West, with donations pouring into the local fairgrounds where the annual WestFest celebration is held every year. Thousands of volunteers and church groups have spent the last few days sorting through the boxes and distributing goods to those in need.
Although many residents have been able to return home, some are still displaced, and many organizations have opened their doors to provide temporary housing and basic necessities. Both the Red Cross and Salvation Army are on the ground, accepting donations and distributing cash aid to families that have been harmed in the disaster.
U.S. President Barack Obama visited West with Czech Ambassador Petr Gandalovič and offered aid. Czech foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg pledged $200,000 to rebuild the Sokol building in the center of town, which is the center of Czech social and community life. In the 1800s, Czech immigrants founded West, and the town celebrates their heritage with Czech bakeries, restaurants, and festivals, billing themselves as the “Czech Heritage Capitol of Texas.”
Several Texas sporting associations have also pledged financial donations. The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation donated $40,000 in cash, thousands of dollars in gift cards, and boxes filled with relief supplies. The Texas family that owns the Dallas Cowboys also donated $100,000 to help West through the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities. Several sporting events have collected donations or plan to in the near future.
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Our law firm has already been contacted by residents of West, Texas and we are now currently representing a number of victims in the horrible tragedy. If you or somebody you know was harmed by the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.
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