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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Texas Fire Donation Stations and Events - Post them here. Updated 11.10

Updated info 11.10.2011
The Volunteer Reception Center is moving to a new location this weekend!

This is a place to post all your Texas Fires Donation Stations and Events to help those victims of the fires.  If you're unable to post, send me an email at .  Thanks, spread the word!!
The other post on the site will remain up as well.  It was originally set up for Bastrop, see it here.

I've set up this post for you to list your donation drives for those affected by the Bastrop Fires, and others around the State.  Use the comment section below to list your location, times, and what items you're accepting.

If you're unable to post your donation station here, 
send me an email and I'll post it.

 Brazos Recovery and Relief  Information HERE!!
Longhorns help Bastrop cleanup
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - About 700 students from the University of Texas spent Sunday in Bastrop helping with wildfire cleanup efforts. "This is these people's lives, and just seeing it all burnt to the ground is really terrible," said Marshall Perry ...
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Residents encouraged to attend fire Q&A
Austin News
BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) - Another open house for Bastrop fire survivors is set for Monday night. Anyone with questions about the recovery effort is encouraged to attend and get the latest information. The first community conversation happened two ...
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Quotes to note: UTEP, sexual harassment, Bastrop fires
UT The Daily Texan
President William Powers Jr. on the University's involvement in helping raise money for the Bastrop County fires that began last month, according to his blog, Tower Talk. Fire Relief: The Concert for Central Texas was held at the Frank Erwin Center ...
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By: Metro News
Sports Radio ESPN 1420
(Bastrop, TX) -- Victims of the devastating Bastrop wildfire are getting some help from University of Texas students. About 700 UT students helped affected residents clean up their properties yesterday. The 34-thousand-acre fire destroyed nearly ...
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Volunteers clean up after fires
Oct. 8 Wildfire Cleanup at the Cavalry Baptist Church in Bastrop, Texas. Their efforts assisted the community following the devastating wildfires that destroyed more than 1000 homes in the Bastrop area. Volunteer and ACC psychology sophomore Loretta ...
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 Church group helps Texas fire victims
McDuffie Mirror
On that day, I learned from my dad, who was the Bastrop fire chief for 11 years, that a wildfire had started burning near my hometown. As I monitored the situation via the Internet, I learned that severe drought and abnormally dry weather were ...
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 Benefit Concert Planned For Bastrop Fire Victims
KSAT San Antonio
AUSTIN, Texas -- A huge benefit concert to help out the more than 1500 people who lost their homes in the Bastrop County wildfire is planned for next month. Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, the Dixie Chicks, Asleep at the Wheel, Steve Miller, ...
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 Bastrop Wildfire Victims Looking For Relief
KSAT San Antonio
BASTROP, Texas -- Wildfires destroyed more than 1500 homes in Bastrop County and thousands of homeless residents are now left to pick up the pieces in the fire's aftermath. A centrally located relief center is being housed at the Bastrop High School ...
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$750000 donated so far for Bastrop fire victims
The American Red Cross of Central Texas told KVUE that so far $600000 has been either donated or pledged to their agency just for Bastrop evacuees. The Red Cross say it gives 91-cents of every dollar directly to victims. A spokesperson for Catholic ...
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Volunteers bring help, hugs to Bastrop
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - An army of volunteers in Bastrop is giving out supplies and helping people sort through their damage. The Red Cross alone has 340 volunteers and staff at the fire. They have served more than 12800 meals and distributed buckets ...
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Sewa International to Help Texas Families Displaced by Wild Fires Ravaging Bastrop
Indo American News
SEWA International believes that “Service to humanity is service to God” and calls on people to contact their local SEWA chapters or one of SEWA's national Texas Fire Relief coordinators Vasudev Singh (512-554-6498) or Sharad Amin (713-854-0633) to get ...
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 Short video captures emotion of Bastrop
Austin News
BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - As the community of Bastrop County struggles to come to grips with the losses inflicted by the recent fires, KXAN offers this short video that showcases how neighhors came together to comfort and provide for one another. ...
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 Associa Cares Donates to Victims of Bastrop Wildfires
MarketWatch (press release)
The efforts come on the heels of one of the busiest weeks for the Texas Forest Service. In the past seven days, the Texas Forest Service has responded to 137 fires across Texas, the largest of which, in Bastrop County, destroyed more than 34000 acres ...
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Make sure donations reach destinations
Austin News
Any money not disbursed to fire victims goes to fund that program. “This ain't cheap,” said Capt. Mike Morton, with the Salvation Army. “It generally costs us about a dollar for a meal and we've done 10000 meals already, on the Bastrop fire alone. ...
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Benefit for Bastrop Fire Victims at Cheatham Street Warehouse Saturday
Saturday night at Cheatham Street Warehouse ( there will be a benefit concert to collect for the Bastrop Fire victims. Doors open at 8pm, the show will start around 9pm. There is no cover, but they will be collecting canned goods ...
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Bri Collier helps Bastrop fire victims
Marlin Democrat
A young girl in Marlin had decided to lend a helping hand to the Bastrop fire victims. Six-year-old Bri Collier was told by her mother that they had family friends who lived in the Bastrop fire zone. Their friends had lost their home and had nothing ...
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Bastrop fire relief benefit
Austin Film Director Richard Linklater has property in Bastrop County that was damaged in the wildfire. He and the Austin Film Society are throwing a benefit this Sunday to help fire relief efforts.
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StorageMart Announces Support for Victims of Texas Wildfires
PR Web (press release)
StorageMart's Safe Spot program is offering families affected by the Texas fires a storage discount: $3 for 3 months storage at the Austin location. Self storage is in a unique position to lend a hand. StorageMart announced their plan to help displaced ...
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Gov. Perry Announces Emergency Hotel Voucher Program for Victims of Bastrop County Fire: Texas Disaster Relief Fund, TDHCA providing assistance to individuals and families
As wildfires continue to burn in Central Texas, there are several ways to help out the victims and donate.
 Texas Online Radio
From The Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management
FEMA has informed us that displaced citizens seeking aid will need to contact FEMA directly, even if they registered at a shelter or the convention center. Until a federal disaster declaration is issued, FEMA will say citizens are ineligible, but they can get register anyway- online at,
Call (800) 621-3362 / TTY (800) 462-7585
A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to your case.

D&D Moving and Storage will be filling their pink breast cancer awareness trailer with donations for firefighters and fire victims on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 3700 Texas Ave. in College Station. Call 693-6233 for more information.
 Attention Llano area.... Llano Chamber of Commerce Donation Station!! Click HERE!
 Donations for our Friends up the road....  Facebook Event
Here, you'll find donation locations in New Braunfels, San Antonio, Seguin and Austin
Bands pitchin' in!! 9.8.2011

 posted by:  Ricky Bolanos

Just thought we'd let ya'll know to spread the word. Joe Barron Band will be collecting donations for the TX fire victims at all of our shows this month. 
Matt Wayne &Company have also agreed to let us take donations at their 
show in Cruces on the 14th. 
Josh Abbott Band will be handling the distribution of said funds for us.

 From The 950 Houston
volunteers to learn fireighting for shifts this weekend should report to
the Highmeadow Ranch YMCA by 4pm today at 36725 FM 1774
Lip balms & chapsticks, gatorade like drinks and non-perishable individual snacks -- like energy bars, cracker snack packs
You can drop items off at the Magnolia Fire Station on 18215 Buddy Riley Blvd in Magnolia (77354)

 From the Bastrop Fire Department Press Release - 9.8.2011 - 10:30am

•  Donation Hotlines
Austin Disaster Relief Network 512-331-2200
Bastrop Donation Hotline 512-332-8977
Bastrop Ministerial Alliance, P.O. Box 876, Bastrop 78602—checks should be made out to BCMA

 Visit your local Walgreens for donation information.
 Bastrop area residents.
Farmers Insurance has set up a mobile claims center at the corner of Old
Austin Hwy and Hwy 71 between Texas Boot Company and Autozone. (7am-7pm)
 Katy and Surrounding Areas!!
Donations from Katy residents pile up in the lobby of the Katy Fire Department.
The gifts go to help victims of wildfires around Bastrop and the firefighters trying to fight the blaze.
Suggested donations include children’s items like small toys, dry shampoo and stuffed animals, while the firefighters need items such as eye drops, wraparound industrial goggles and chapstick.
Donations are accepted at 1417 Avenue D from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and drop boxes will be outside for after hours deliveries.
 Attention New Braunfels and Surrounding Areas!!

From Celeste Mills Conn / 12:47pm -9.7.2011
The Scooter Store will be taking a truck to Bastrop on Friday, 9.9
Contact them at 830-626-5600 Ext. 2182

Attention Conroe and Willis!!!
We at Zach's BBQ in Willis are taking donations and getting them to victims, and my friend at Room With A View in Conroe is partnering with me. My address is listed below, hers is 3500 West Davis, Suite 300, Conroe, 77304. Thanks for spreading the word! We have already sent 3 trucks, a U-Haul Truck and a cargo trailer full, just in TWO days!! 
Our community is amazing...

Holly Dorris

Zach's BBQ - 200 E Powell St - Willis, TX 77378 - 936.890.6969 -
Attention New Braunfels/Canyon Lake and surrounding area!!
Cactus Jack's - 1706 Hunter Road., NB (Gruene) will be having a donation drive for Bastrop residents on Thursday, September 8th from 10am to 6pm.  For information call Kaye at 830-620-9602.  All sorts of household goods will be accepted along with bottled water and sports drinks. (posted 9.7am)

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