Between the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon and the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, it has been a hard week across the country. But tough times bring out the best in some and everyone can help those around them by volunteering and giving back. Look below for five ways to aid victims of the West incident right here in Austin.
Countless Texas citizens have stepped up to the plate to donate one of life’s necessities for those who have been injured in West. The Blood Center of Central Texas posted last week on their facebook page that they are looking for donors this week and next. They are asking those who are eligible and willing to donate to sign up for an appointment before coming in. Those who want to set one for this week can do so here.
The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas
4300 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Willie Nelson will be holding a concert this weekend that was originally intended as a celebration of his 80th birthday. However,
after the devastating explosion, just miles away from where he grew up, he is transforming the event into a benefit concert. Proceeds will go to the West Volunteer Fire Department. Join him along with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Paula Nelson Band and Folk Uke to support a town close to his heart.
WHEN: Sunday, April 28 at 6 p.m.
The Backyard at Bee Cave
13801 Bee Cave Pkwy
Bee Cave, TX 78738
TICKETS: Please click here to purchase tickets.
Man Up Texas BBQ tweeted about setting up a barbecue benefit and la Barbecue immediately asked to be a part of it. West is saying they do not need item donations at this time and so this fundraiser will be taking monetary donations only. The event will include free chopped beef sandwiches, live music and drinks.
WHEN: Sunday, April 28 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1502 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
TICKETS: Free, donate to support efforts in West
Austin Bakes has had two successful fundraisers in the past with Austin Bakes for Bastrop
and Austin Bakes for Japan. This time they are inviting everyone to help the victims of West on May 4. The bake sale will be giving the proceeds to AmeriCares who is working to help West. Those who cannot attend can also donate to AmeriCares online instead.
WHEN: Saturday, May 4
WHERE: Locations not set, check here for details as it approaches
themed tee to benefit the victims. All proceeds from the sales will go to help the families in need out there. The shirts, which say “Texas Stands With West,” are on sale here.