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West collection drive results, additional drop-sites

PALESTINE, April 19, 2013—Palestine residents gave generously at the collection drive which was held yesterday to benefit residents of West, Texas.

The community of West was devastated by a huge explosion which occurred at a fertilizer plant on Wednesday night. There have been 35 confirmed deaths so far, and on top of the countless injured, homes and businesses were leveled, leaving many residents with nothing.

According to Nina Tatum, she was prepared to fill one 15-foot trailer with donated goods. However, Palestine residents were so generous, she was able to rent – and fill – a second trailer, and two cars were also loaded to the top with donated items for West citizens. “Everyone here in town is so compassionate,” said Tatum. “The generosity was so overwhelming, and several times brought me to tears.”

Residents who wish to donate may still do so. According to Jeff Watson, Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Provost for the Palestine campus, donations will be accepted Monday, April 22 – Wednesday, April 24, at the Anderson Building, on Hwy 19, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will also be a drop-box set up outside for those wishing to donate outside office hours.  The Athens campus is also hosting a drive for those interested in dropping items at that location instead.

In addition, Southside Baptist Church, located at 1500 Crockett Road, in Palestine, has also been designated as a collection location. To obtain more information on this location call 903-729-6064.

Suggested donation items include:

  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Pet Food
  • Blankets
  • Clothing (all sizes)
  • Water
  • Juice
  • Canned Goods
  • Snacks

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