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Houstonians organize relief efforts to aid West disaster victims

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"There is nothing I can do in Boston but there is sure something I can do in Texas," said Houston resident Barbara Canella as she dropped off pillows and blankets at Gallery Furniture.

It's that same sentiment that brought out dozens of people to the same spot Thursday. Car after car stopped by an 18-wheeler to drop-off and load up donations. Among those were toiletries, food, blankets, anything to help support people affected in West.

"We got a lot of diapers, water and a lot of other things that are needed," said Donation drive coordinator Chris Shaw.

The massive explosion that killed at least five people and injured more than 100 is especially hard for Shaw who still has family in the area.

"They are a little rattled but they are doing very well, they are going to take care of themselves," he said.

People in Houston didn't have to personally know anyone in West or Boston to show they care.

At the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Centers the chairs were filled all day with those wanting to help the injured.

"I broke down thinking about those poor firefighters who were there when the explosion happened," said Sean Curran. For his wife the heartbreak this week is twofold. She lived in Boston for 18 years before moving to Texas.

"It's been very unpleasant all around with making sure that I've got friends and family members that are okay up north in Boston and making sure friends are safe in Texas," she said.

The center received a request from an Austin hospital that is treating some of the injured from the explosion. Staff there says replenishing the supply in Houston means they are ready to send more to Austin and other central Texas hospitals if the need arises.

Other places are also collecting donations:

-Cypress Woods High School is accepting donations through 6 p.m. Friday, April 19.

Items requested are bottled water, diapers, toiletries and non-perishable


-Gallery Furniture -6006 North Fwy, Houston

- A relief drive for the victims of the tragedy will be held April 19 from 2-7 PM at the Kroger in Pearland at the corner of Hwy. 288 & Shadow Creek Parkway.

-Mattress Firm stores in Dallas, Austin, Houston & Waco areas will be accepting donations on behalf of those victims of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion. Friday, April 19th through Sunday, April 21st

10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday

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