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How to help West, Texas Info from @RachelFirasek

Rose Free Stock PhotographyIt’s been a sad time lately, from Boston to Texas, MIT and mother nature.

While when shitty, horrifying crap like this happens, one good thing can come out of it. People band together! They show their love for their fellow man in any way they can.

If you’re looking into doing something to help out someone affected by the tragedies last week, I say awesome.

And if you’d like to help those in West, Texas, here are some great ways to do it!

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Hey guys,
I’m a member of the West Community and I wanted to give everyone an update. I actually live about 10 miles away, but my children go to school in West and my husband grew up there. We felt the blast all the way at our house. The noise was deafening, even that far away. We’re still desperately waiting for word on names of the fallen. I know that my hubby has already lost one cousin and a very good friend is in critical condition.
My kids will finish the school year at schools 30 miles away. It’s going to be a hectic next few weeks for all of our family and friends, but this is a tight community and they are already rallying.
Many author friends have contacted me to find out what can be done from the neighboring states. At this point, our resources (meaning food and goods) are overstocked. We’re having to find storage facilities for the overage–that’s a good thing, because clean up crews will be here for weeks.
What we really need is cash donations. There are many funds set up, and you can give through the Red Cross or you can donate money to the relief at Point West Bank & Trust (254) 826-5333 or State National Bank (254) 826-3741.

http://www.pointwestbank.com/default.aspx?v=da5ca2bb-31a9-4cf1-ba97-770dfcc97cf4
If you’d like to make a donation to the education program that we so desperately need, I’ve saved a flyer that the school sent us. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1x4uxGq_dFbb3pvdWR5a2Z1Yk0/edit?usp=sharing
We lost three of the four schools. The only thing left is the elementary school.
Please don’t feel obligated, but I know how wonderful my online community is, and I wanted to pass on the word. Thanks for anything you can do for these families.
Hugs to everyone!
Rachel Firasek
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  1. Amber, thank you so much for passing this along! You guys are great!!! Just an update, my family spent the whole weekend in West, working at the donations sites. It’s really good to help our friends. Last night, they let in the third phase of families–that’s the ones closest to the blast zone. My daughter’s bestie lives in that area. We’ll probably be doing a lot of clean up over the next few weeks.

    Everyone’s been so great. The neighboring schools have banded together and are really helping with the education needs. $40,000 was raised over the weekend by different fundraising efforts, but they’ll need so much more. Over 50 homes were destroyed and many more damaged.

    I will say that if you walked down to the fairgrounds where everyone is setup for giving and receiving of donations, you’d think we were having a big reunion. There are some tears, but most everyone is hopeful and eager to get back into their homes. We’re ready to work. To repair and to rebuild. It’s a community of love and gratitude at the moment.

    We thank you all!

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