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Give West a hand: 3 ways to help

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As Texas pulls together to help victims of the big blast at a fertilizer plant, some kinds of assistance are now being turned away.

People have donated so many items, it's creating a logistical nightmare. So officials are asking for cash instead of clothing.

At HEB, you can add up to $5 to your receipt, earmarked for the Texas town of West, which lost 14 citizens in the explosion, with dozens more injured.

So far, statewide, HEB has raised more than $160,000 this way.

Or, for the next week, Christian radio station KSBJ is co-sponsoring gift-card drive. Just bring a gift card in any amount (redeemable for things like groceries, clothing or home improvement items) to your local YMCA.

"We have 38 locations in the greater Houston area," said Alexandra Taylor with the Weekley YMCA, "so it's easy for folks to get to a Y after they've maybe bought a few gift cards at a store, and bring that by and drop it off."

And here's another option: the American Red Cross is always looking for volunteers.

If you get trained now you'll be ready to pitch in, lending your time and talents, during the next disaster.

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