Devastation hit me as I found out about the explosion in West, Texas via Twitter just shortly before I was going to head to bed. First thing this morning, I started tweeting those I follow who no doubt would be, or soon would be “in the know” about what Austinites can do to help.
So far today, this is what I have been able to gather from The Austinot, (@theAustinot), Way Out West Austin (@wowaustin) and the Capital Area Food Bank (@CAFBTX):
(1) Visit a blood bank. Austin locations here: http://www.bloodandtissue.org/cbc.php
(2) Make a donation to the Capital Area Food Bank. They are set up to send help to West. https://secure3.convio.net/cafbtx/site/Donation2?df_id=1240&1240.donation=form1
(3) Fundraiser by Man Up Texas BBQ at la Barbecue on 4/28: http://manuptexasbbq.blogspot.com/2013/04/west-benefit-at-la-barbecue-sun-apr-28.html
If you know of any other benefits or organization that are mobilizing to help our fellow Texans, please leave a comment below with a link or way to verify the information. I will continually update this post with any new information that I see or receive over the next couple days.
“Don’t Mess With Texas.” We take care of our own, right?