Major discrepancy in donations for West, Texas

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An article on CNN.com points out the significant discrepancy in donations for relief efforts for the Boston bombing victims and the West Fertilizer plant explosion victims.

The article clearly states the discrepancy. “More than $26 million has been raised in the wake of the April 15 Boston blasts. And it appears that donations for West total well under $1 million.”

These two tragedies occurred the same week and yet the Boston bombing received the lion’s share of mainstream media reporting. However, the impact of both events is miles apart. The loss of 15 in a small town like West, Texas, is especially significant because many of these victims were fire fighters and EMT personnel. These volunteers are usually the backbone of a small community—business people and workers with families.

The people of West weren’t just killed or injured; they and their families lost homes and all their belongings, in many cases.   

Main stream media has overlooked the tragedy at West Fertilizer and yet the need for donations is much greater in West, Texas.

To read the full CNN story, click here.


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Kayemille Goss    
Fort Worth, Texas  |  April, 27, 2013 at 09:16 PM

My husband and I are large business owners in Fort Worth, Texas. I have been asking around to friends over the past week about what we could do to help West. No one seems to know! I was then approached by a friend yesterday trying to send 750 books and stuffed bears to the kids of West and was requesting my help to get them donated. Although I think the books and bears are very nice, I would like to know what the real immediate needs are of these suffering people. I have seen been looking all over the internet trying to find out the real needs of this town? I read the CNN story that you are speaking of but I also read a CBS local news report stating that a local CBS representative just returned from West and stated that all the Town of West needs is Mental Therapy! I find this very hard to believe. I also read that Shannon Smith of the Red Cross stated that "all funds that were given to the Red Cross for West, Texas would go into the General Fund for "future" disasters as the people of West, Texas' needs have been met," I am willing to step forward and help raise funds for the people of West, but there is no where to give! Do I have to drive to West, Texas or call the Major of West to find out for myself what their "real" needs are? If in fact the need is truly "books and bears for the children" then so be it! We will make that happen, but please, Colleen, help us find out how to truly help our neighbors! What do they need? How do we give? How do we know? Why isn't anyone reporting on their needs? Isn't this what journalists do? My daughter is a broadcast journalism major graduating from USC next month. Maybe I should send HER down there to do the work and report the information that the public needs!

Ruthie    
Sherman, TX  |  May, 02, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Kayemille, I too have been trying to find out donation information for West. We did a donation drive in Sherman the weekend after the tragedy and I have been storing the goods at my house since...at the time they said there was no more room for donations to be stored. We immediantly sent the money to Point West Bank but now we are trying to figure what to do with the boxing of clothing and toiletries collected. I have emailed City Hall and numberous Facebooks pages and I am getting no response! It is so frustrating and I can't understand how there would not be a continued need to items when so many lost everything they own!

Mark    
IL  |  April, 29, 2013 at 04:34 PM

It leaves me sour stomach, All you heard was the bombing in Boston, Why Votes,

Amanda    
WI  |  April, 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Below are some links about donations. I am not able to make these links work, so you will have to copy and paste them to access the website. Please verify the site before donating. This is just what I came across while searching online. Thank you Kayemille. You inspired me to search for this information, and reminded me to send a donation! It is unfortunate that this article and the one from cnn did not provide any direction on how to help those in West, TX. Let's prove these articles wrong, and offer some help to West! https://www.facebook.com/PrayersforWest http://westdonations.com/donate/ http://www.pointwestbank.com/default.aspx?v=27b33d93-0d3c-4009-8790-1cb7c23972c7


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