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How to help: Officials call for aid for tornado victims

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Interested in helping victims of the April 29 tornadoes that hit East Texas? Officials are now asking for volunteers.


Volunteer Reception Center- Van Zandt County Fairgrounds, 24742 St. Hwy 64, Canton (903) 502-0151

Van Zandt County Officials have created new shelters May 3 due to the possibility of bad weather. 

Officials have also told KLTV that donations can still be dropped off at the Van Zandt County Fairgrounds but volunteers are asked to leave due to the possibility of bad weather. 

Volunteer operations will resume Thursday morning at 8 a.m. 

The  new shelter locations include: 

  • Van Zandt County Fairground (location posted)  located at 24742 St Hwy 64 Canton, TX 
  • Canton Civic Center located at  800 Flea Market Drive Canton, TX 
  • Van Zandt County Courthouse Basement located at 121 East Dallas Canton, TX 
  • Emory Civic Center 735 located at  North Texas St Emory, TX 
  • Little Hope Baptist Church located at 3257 VZ CR 4106 Canton, TX 
  • China Grove Baptist located at  110 VZ CO 2918 Eustace, TX 
  • First United Methodist located at 600 S. Buffalo St Canton, TX 
  • Crossroad Church located at 1930 S Trade Days Blvd Canton, TX 
  • First Baptist Church  located at 303 South Athens Canton, TX 
  • Lakeside Baptist Church located at 1291 Old Kaufman Rd Canton, TX 
  • Word of Victory located at 1200 West College Street Canton, TX 
  • Church of Old Bethel Baptist located at 103 VZ CR 2313 Canton, TX 
  • Fruitvale High School Gym located at 178 VZ CR 1910 Fruitvale, TX 

You can find out how to get aid if you are in need here.


General Donations Drop-off and Pick-up: Van Zandt County Fairgrounds located at 24742 Hwy 64 in Canton.

General Donation Drop-off and Pick-up: First Baptist Church in Fruitvale located at 181 Vz County Road 1910 in Fruitvale.

Bullard ISD FFA is taking donations for tornado victims. Contributors are asked to send gift cards to the Bullard FFA or drop them off at the Bullard ISD Administration Office.

The Palestine Police Department is also collecting gift cards. In lieu of gift cards, personal toiletry items, such as hygiene items and diapers and wipes will be accepted as well. Items including clothing and furniture cannot be accepted. Only new and unused items can be included in the donation delivery.

Donations can be dropped off at the Palestine Police Department, 511 N. John St. Call dispatch at 903-729-2254 to arrange for a drop-off, or bring them to the police department and contact dispatch on site for collection.

The Frankston Police Department is collaborating with the Palestine Police Department to collect relief items, donations may be dropped off at the Frankston Police Department.

As early as Wednesday, the donations may be delivered to Van Zandt County officials for dispersing to those in need.

Van Zandt County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Office says that water donations are being accepted at the Champion EMS station at 101 Industrial Blvd. in Canton, behind the Canton Fire Department on Highway 19.

All three Altra Federal Credit Union branches in Tyler are accepting donations of water, towels, and cleaning supplies until noon on Tuesday, May 2, for those affected by the East Texas storms. They will deliver the supplies to affected towns Tuesday afternoon. 

The Purple Pig Cafe #2 in Arp announced on their Facebook page today that they are collecting items for the First responders working in the storm damaged areas. They are asking for the following items: Water, Gatorade, hand sanitizer, plastic bins, and tarps. All items will be picked up and distributed by Arp's Volunteer Fire Department. 

The Lions Club in Mount Pleasant is accepting donations. They are asking for water, personal hygiene products, blankets, trash bags, cleaning supplies, etc. Drop off is at Pic-N-Pay. The Lions Club will be dropping off the items to those affected on Wednesday.

The First Baptist Church of Fruitvale is also accepting donations. 

The Garage Bar in Tyler on Erwin announced on their Facebook page that they are having a blanket drive to help the victims. The bar is accepting toys, blankets, and clothing for all ages and genders from 4 p.m. until close on Wednesday night. 

Fruitvale is still in need of supplies for victims, according to the City of Van's Facebook page. Right now residents need towels, totes, face masks, Bleach, work gloves, wash cloths, tear-free soap for children, safety glasses, bungee cords, zip ties, rope, duct tape, batteries, flash lights, sunscreen, bug spray, and air mattresses. These items can be dropped off at the Fruitvale Church of Christ. 

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