How can you help West, Texas?

45press —  April 20, 2013 — 27 Comments

Willie Nelson will be donating proceeds from his Birthday Concert on April 28th at The Backyard to West Volunteer Fire Department. Many people want to know how they can help.

  1. Donate to West Fire Department – mail donations to:
    West Fire Department, PO Box 97, West, Tx 76691
  2. Donate to the victims – PointWest Bank:
  3. Donate Blood – during the next few months schedule appointment to donate blood. Blood will be needed and it has a limited shelf life. Go to for additional information and to find a location near you.
  4. Some items are needed but the out pooring has been above and beyond expectation. Please contact donation facilities for specific items needed at this time:
    Extraco Events Center (254) 776-1660
    First Baptist Church of Lott (254) 829-2321
    **packing materials are going to be needed when the families can enter their homes again
  5. Medical help for animals is needed:
    Happy Endings Animal Clinic 254-666-8240
    Brazos Valley Boarding Kennels 254-854-4104
    La Vega Vet Clinic 254-744-1948

Our hope is to also have collection bins around the concert to collect funds for the Fire Department. Additional details will be posted as it is gathered and verified.


Updated 4/20/2013



27 responses to How can you help West, Texas?

  1. Thank u for what u are doing. I was raised in west grew up on your mudic as matter of fact…. u truly are awesome Willie….

  2. Print some t-shirts for the birthday show that proceeds benefit West and I will get 3 of them for sure…

  3. Doris L. Smith April 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I will be sending a monetary donation to the above address. Also I will give blood at local my local cite. That is the least I can do. Thank you Willie for your generosity. You are a jewel!! Plus everyone that has a hand in it… much love to all!!

  4. My prayers r with all of the family,friends and all of texsa.may the lord be with each and everone there.god bless.I will be praying…cathy cooper.

  5. Thank you for doing this ~ I think it’s a great cause. The explosion came 66 years + 1-day from my home town’s disaster of 1947 (Texas City Blast) with the same type of fertilizer explosion. Such a sad day for many then and history seems to be repeating itself. I will send a check to help to West Fire Department at the address listed above. Thanks for posting this.

  6. Never a doubt in my mind you would do this from the moment the news broke. It’s so a part of the man you are. I’m especially touched that you took time to think of the animals as well. So often they can be neglected in emergencies that they have no way of understanding. Thank you sir. So proud to be a lifetime Willie fan at this moment. God Bless you, your family and all the people and animals effected by this life altering event.

  7. Thanks for the info and I reposted the info… Hugs to you and yours. Michelle

  8. My heart goes out to the people of West. My grandparents lived there all their adult lives and my father and uncle were born and raised there. Grandpa was a volunteer firefighter. I lived 11 years in Waco and visited West frequently to see my grandfolks and stock up on kolaches and Nemecek’s sausage. I think one of the most important things to do in helping my former neighbors is to keep in mind that the rush to help will pass quickly as we get interested in new happenings; but, these people will be living with the aftermath for months and years. Some will have their entire lives changed and need help indefinitely. West itself will be different now in many ways. So, address their needs with your love, thoughts, prayers, and checkbooks…for the duration…and don’t forget them.

  9. How can I help work the concert? I have little money, but I am a hard worker, have various construction, sound equipment, and people skills. Also am a disabled veteran, but able bodied and could make a difference in whatever capacity needed. Thank you for your time.

  10. Thanks Willie!
    I know you are “just helping neighbors”. I am from Elgin, TX. and live in Tennessee due to my Job. Been a Firefighter for 23 years now, it’s rare to see someone as naturally caring as yourself. I have passed on the info you posted for folks in my area (Knoxville) wanting to help West. Once a Texan, always a Texan.Thank You for just being yoiurself.

  11. I will be sending some money. To help out.. Thank you Willie for all you do..

  12. Thank You Willie for all that you do in this world I’m sure the peopleof West will.appreciate every thing I want to volunteer at your birthday bash? I have volunteer at your events before can’t afford monetarily but can use my time call me5129923733 I can do it all water trash beverage t shirts?? Happy to Help and Happy BIRTHDAY WISHES Willie hope to seeya soon love Mary Diamond

  13. Willie Please contact me in Reference to an Upcoming Benefit in West!!!!

  14. LeAnn Lightfoot April 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Bless your HEART WILLIE!
    Just like you to open your HEART and GIVE. Put smiles on the faces of so many who haven’t in a long time!
    You won’t remember me, but I’ll never forget the day I met you! My late Uncle, one of your Recording Engineers, Phil York, (Red Headed Stranger Album) brought you to The Grapevine Opry in Grapevine, TX on a whim. Such a surprise for all there!
    Thanks Willie for doing great things for the GREAT FOLKS IN WEST TEXAS!!!

  15. Debbie Bradley April 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Dear sweet Willie,
    I’m so grateful that you are donating the proceeds of your performance to the good responders and the town of West, Texas. My sister and I are trying to get to the show. If we can’t get in,who needs our donations the most right now. A friend that runs an online boutique lost her home and all her inventory. My heart hurts for everyone who lost everything. We will donate where it’s most needed.
    And a very happy day to you on the 30th!

    • Abbott and West Fire Departments lost most of the equipment. They really need help. But help in any way you see fit.

  16. Went to your concert at backyard ran out of the westtx benefit shirt, can we purchase them anywhere else?

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