Explosion aftermath: How to help the people of West

Explosion aftermath: How to help the people of West

After Wednesday night's devastating fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, many people are wondering how they can help.

Orr Nissan in Bossier City is coordinating with their sister store Greg May Chevrolet of West Texas to collecting collect donations, as well as clothing, blankets, water, toiletries and other such items to help those affected by the blasts.

Greg May Chevrolet, just a couple of miles from the blast site, is serving as a destination drop-off location for collected items to be distributed to those who have recently lost everything. Orr Nissan has vans on standby to transport collected items to those in need. Those interested in donating can bring items to 2323 Viking Dr. in Bossier City or contact Tammie Lebleu at (318) 918-4616.

Texas State Technical College - Marshall is also collecting items to send to West, where the TSTC Waco opened their Recreational Center Wednesday night for shelter, and is working to develop a plan for on-campus housing for those displaced.

TSTX Marshall has already collected some clothing, canned goods and toys, but they hope to collect more. If you are interested in donating, call (903) 935-1010, or you can drop off your donations at the visitor's entrance of the South Building on campus before 5 p.m. Friday.

Items needed:
Bottled water
Teddy Bears/Stuffed Animals
Adult diapers
medical supplies
Air Mattresses

Shreveport LifeShare is one of the closet blood centers to the Central Texas area. They have held two emergency blood drives since the Boston bombing on Monday.

If you would like to donate blood, click here for more information and donation locations.

If you know of any other efforts to help the people of West, Texas in the aftermath of this tragedy, let us know about it. Send details to ksla@ksla.com.

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