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East Texans help the city of West with disaster relief efforts


POSTED: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 7:35pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:47pm

The city of West, TX was destroyed after a fertilizer plant explosion late Wednesday night. Although the city is in ruins, the danger and destruction has not stopped surrounding areas from helping the disaster area. Volunteers from all over Texas are rushing to the city to help in any way they can.

Dallas-based disaster relief group Texas Baptist Men and five canteen trucks from the Salvation Army Waco region arrived at the scene late Wednesday night. Although the East Texas area is hours away from this explosion, that does not mean locals are not doing everything they can to help.

The Tyler region Salvation Army is currently on stand by collecting donations for this disaster relief effort. Salvation Army Communications Coordinator Chantel Millin tells KETK, "We are taking in financial donations to help out and so anyone in Tyler that's interested in making a donation for the Waco explosion they can actually send their donations into Tyler, and in the memo section mark, disaster relief Waco explosion."

The East Texas church community is also getting involved with the relief efforts as well. Harvest Time Full Gospel Church's Sherri Spraggins tells KETK, "We are just extending our hands and the love of God to these people in West, TX. We're taking donations, and also accepting blankets toiletries, bottled water, diapers, and also monetary donations." Harvest Time Full Gospel Church will be accepting donations April 20th and 21st from 1 to 3 p.m..

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