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VICTIM AND HELP INFORMATION | WEST EXPLOSION

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A Joint Assistance Center has opened at the Knights of Columbus building, 2547 Jerry Mashek Dr in West.  The Red Cross says this is the place to get help and information from many non-profits and government agencies like the VA and various charities. This is also the place to go if you need to gain access to your home or need to get the identifying information necessary to do so.

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A retail storefront is now open for victims to get the goods and services they need without having to go to the fairgrounds.  That is locate at 200 W. Washington in West next to Point West Bank. 

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Not sure where to go if you want to help out?  The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to work at their relief operations center located at TSTC at 101 Apron Road.  The center is open from 8a-7p seven days a week right now.  For more info you can call Capt. Debbie Alderson at 254-733-2680.  The Salvation Army is also helping to feed people at the Joint Assistance Center, the Community Center, St. Mary's Catholic Church and West High School.

Also, the website volunteertx.org will help put you contact with organizations and in a place where you can help when extra hands are needed.  Go to volunteertx.org for more info.

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Steven Bond, QMHP with Providence has offered free counseling to those affected by West tragedy. Anyone needing help can call McLennan County Justice of the Peace Kristi DeCluitt at 254.757.5040 or email Kristi.DeCluitt@co.McLennan.TX.us

Also, Dr. Katy Britt-Sharp with Waco Psychological Assoc has organized a pool of QMHPs to give free assistance. Her email is katybritt@yahoo.com

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Here is a list of locations open for shelter for the victims of the West explosion:

Blairs Cove Apts in Waco has furnished, apartments available still for victims, they are stocked with clothing and food. 2425 South 21st Street 254-756-5885

Central United Methodist Church 

Texas State Technical College in Waco

Mattress Firm in Waco

Gholson ISD

Gholson Baptist Church

Latham Springs Inn

Aquilla ISD

Ben's Boat Repair in Elm Mott

Alliance Auto Auction on I-35

Sykora Family Ford in West

Abbot Community Center

Antioch Church in Waco

Penelope High School

Church of The Open Door in Bellmead

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PET SHELTERS:

La Vega Veterinary Clinic- taking in small animals

South Bosque Veterinary Clinic - If you know anyone involved with the tragedy (victims, rescuers, first responders) in West that needs assistance with their animals please contact us for help (776-7738). We will board and care for them at no charge and do whatever we can do to help during this time. Thinking and praying for all those affected by this horrible tragedy.

Hewitt Vet Hospital (254) 666-5050 @ Hewitt and Panther Way

The Coryell Veterinary Clinic in Gatesville has opened their doors to dogs and cats

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BLOOD DRIVES:

Robertson Blood Center on Fort Hood in KILLEEN will be accepting blood donations

Carter Blood Care -YOU CAN MAKE APPOINTMENTS ONLINE

 

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Organizations taking donations or items (clothing, blankets, etc.) for victims:

WEST

Point West Bank - P.O. Box 279 West, TX. 76691- Cash or Checks payable to "Victims of West Explosion" can be delivered to Point West Bank or mailed to PO Box 279 West, Texas 76691

Best Western Czech Inn.  Items we are collecting: food, water, medicine, household items, blankets, towels, toiletries, baby items, clothing (infant-adult), pet food, etc.  They are working with the American Red Cross to get this more efficiently organized.  If anyone wants to come help set-up:  Contact tiffany_bolton@msn.com.

If you are planning to drive to West, please take FM 933 to FM2114 as to not congest I-35.The Best Western Czech Inn address is 114 Melodie Drive, West, Texas 76691.  If you'd like to help volunteer your time by organizing donations, please let Tiffany know.  They need all hands on deck!

WACO

MAIN DROP OFF  -  The Extraco Events Center is taking specific donations only now - for information call 254-776-1660. DIRECTIONS will only be accepting school supplies, non-perishable food items and monetary donations.  We will be accepting donations until 6:00 p.m. today only.

Conn's will be collecting aid at its Waco store at 230 North New Road for residents of West, Texas impacted by the recent disaster. Personnel and trucks will be on-site beginning today at 3 p.m. through Sunday at 4 p.m., collecting unused items, including personal hygiene items and toiletries, phone chargers, pillows, baby care items, pet supplies, school supplies, non-perishable food items and bottled water. Donations will be delivered to the town of West Sunday evening. Contact our store at (254-399-0034) with any questions.

Richard Karr Buick, GMC, Cadillac - 1101 North Valley Mills

Pura Vida Salon in Waco is a drop off location for supplies

Quaker Steak and Lube in Waco next to HiIlcrest is taking donations

Best Buy 

WalMart on Franklin

Texas Roadhouse (254)723-6952 

The Residence and the Retreat are accepting donations from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the leasing offices. 

Genco Federal Credit Union taking donations at all area locations

Toledo Finance 1412 N Valley Mills #124 8:30a – 5:30p M-F

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ROBINSON

Brookshire’s in Robinson are taking donations. They also have a group of people in the deli making sandwiches and food to be taken to all of the first responders and the volunteers

LACY LAKEVIEW

Donations can also be dropped off at Smith Quality Motors 431 N. Lacy Dr. Lacy Lakeview

HEWITT

Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hewitt - 725 Sun Valley Blvd.

The Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce, at 101 S. Third Street in Hewitt, is accepting donations until 5 p.m

Chili Peppers Boutique

Peace Lutheran Church in Hewitt, Tx. . Our address 9301 Panther Way, Hewitt

ELM MOTT

American Legion Post 121 (formerly Linden Hall)722 Leroy Parkway - Offering Shelter, Food, and taking donations (254) 754-8840

HILLSBORO

Stanley Chrysler Dodge in Hillsboro - 306 Southwest I-35 254-582-2525

SPEEGLEVILLE

Speegleville Baptist Church - Speegleville Road

Dr. Rhoden's office at 2098 B. North Valley Mills Drive is taking donations of hygiene products, and gift cards for victims. Contact 254-399-0390

CRAWFORD

The Spa at Canyon Oaks is also accepting donations for West. They are located at 316 Canyon Oaks Road in Crawford. Call 848-9989 for more info and/or directions.

BRUCEVILLE /EDDY

The BE Youth Sports League and community will be accepting donations for the people of West at the elementary gym. We need volunteers to help accept everything. If you would like to help please just show up at the gym.

KILLEEN

Wicked City Derby Damez will be taking anything in donations for their needs at the Killeen Special Events Center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Today
 

TEMPLE

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service in Temple

DynaClean Headquarters - 2102 W. Ave D, Temple

 

Items to bring: water, clothes, blankets, non-perishable food items, gift cards, PHONE CHARGERS, and dry socks. Gatorade, sodas, Snacks for kids, Purell, Wipes

Blair Cove needs: Feminine products, hygiene products, under garments, snacks for kids, blankets, wipes, and Diapers 6mo to 4yrs

 

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BUSINESSES AND ORGINIZATIONS OFFERING SERVICES OR HELP:

FirstCare has established special Community Response Teams to provide assistance. Members and providers with medical or pharmacy questions may contact the Community Response Team at 1-800-884-4901. Employers who sponsor FirstCare insurance for their employees may contact the Employer Response Team at 254-761-5802. Also, in recognition of the need for behavioral health services during a community crisis, FirstCare Health Plans has established a Behavioral Health Team that can be reached at 1-800-327-6943.

Lorena Super Kidz and Kidz Zone in Hewitt will be offering free child care through next Friday April 26 for West residents.

Cen-Tex Roof Systems - Anyone in West that needs tarps or plywood call 751-7700. We have crews ready to help. No charge

Waco Auto Glass - is offering auto glass repair at cost, taking post dated checks, help with insurance deductables, and no labor charges for those affected by the west explosion victims and first responders, please call 254-752-4386

McCoys - accepting donations, plus they have a 20ft trailer to transport materials 4236 Franklin Ave (254) 772-7826


 

The Grace Alliance - provides psychological first aid and ongoing trauma care for survivors of traumatic events--just like the explosion in West.  At this time, we want to extend our services to anyone who may be interested and need support. Local Non Profit Organization. If anyone is interested they can email at: Info@mhgracealliance.org call 254-235-0616 or online http://www.mentalhealthgracealliance.org

Steven Bond, QMHP with Providence has offered free counseling to those affected by West tragedy. Anyone needing his number can call McLennan county justice of the peace Kristi DeCluitt at 254.757.5040 or email at Kristi.DeCluitt@co.McLennan.TX.us

Also, Dr. Katy Britt-Sharp with Waco Psychological Assoc has organized a pool of QMHPs to give free assistance. Her email is katybritt@yahoo.com

Personal artifact salvage assistance:

The faculty, staff and students of the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin are saddened to hear of the tragic fire and explosion in West, Texas, and our sympathy goes out to all the residents.  As people return to their homes and work, we want them to know that we have trained conservators who can help assess family photographs, books, documents, and heirlooms.  With proper care and handling it may be possible to save damaged materials, even those that seem to be a total loss.  We can assist in drying and cleaning wet and smoke damaged books, documents, and photographs.  Even charred items can often be salvaged.  Please let us help you assess heirlooms before you discard them.  We are available for consultation over phone or video, and plan to come to the scene when the area has been stabilized. Please contact: Karen Pavelka, Lecturer 512-903-9564 iSchoolconservation@gmail.com

 

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FUNDRAISERS

WEST FIRST Benefit Concert at The Melody Ranch Saturday and Sunday April 27th and 28th. 100% ticket sales will be given to West. Over 30 bands, all genres, Family event. $10 entry Silent auction. Dance hall diner will be open. Local artists coming together to show support. Doors open 5 o'clock on Sat and Noon Sunday.

Harley-Davidson of Waco will be hosting a Crawfish Boil Relief Fundraiser on Saturday April 27th starting at 10:00am. There will be a live band, blood drive, adult beverages provided by Elite Circle Grille, and of course crawfish with all the fixings! ALL proceeds from this event will go to benefit the families that have been affected by this horrible disaster. If you have any questions or would like to help, please call 254-753-0393 and ask for Meredith, or email - BLOOD DRIVE ON SITE AS WELL Meredith.dupree@hdwaco.com

Horny Toad Harley Davidson Temple Texas - Rockin to Rebuild benefit. Proceeds to West Volunteer Fire Department. May 11th 10:00 - 5:00. Live music all day!!! Goal to raise $5,000.

 

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The following skilled nursing facilities in Central Texas have space available and are accepting patients who have been evacuated from West following last night’s explosion.

CORSICANA

For questions in the Corsicana area, contact Mark Carden at 214.448.3366 or call the facility.

Heritage Oaks Retirement Village
3002 West 2nd Ave. 
Corsicana TX - 75110
Phone: 903-872-5130

Heritage Oaks West Retirement Village
3300 West 2nd Ave. 
Corsicana TX - 75110
Phone: 903-874-5333 
 

Trisun Care Center Corsicana
3210 West Highway 22 
Corsicana TX - 75110
Phone: (903) 872-4880

 

TEMPLE

For any questions in the Temple area, please contact Kendall Young at 254.913.9563 or call one of the following facilities. (Additional facilities are located in Harker Heights and Killeen; call Kendall Young for information.)
 

Temple Living Center East
1511 Marlandwood Road 
Temple TX - 76502
Phone: (254) 899-6500
 

Temple Living Center West
1700 Marlandwood Road 
Temple TX - 76502
Phone: (254) 743-6200
 

Temple Living Center Western Hills
512 Draper Drive 
Temple TX - 76504
Phone: (254) 742-7500
 

Weston Inn Health Center
2505 South 37th Street 
Temple TX - 76504
Phone: (254) 298-7300

MCGREGOR

Westview Manor in Mcgregor has room for displaced nursing home patients. Contact Rod Bickford or Lynn Turkiewizz at 254-840-3281