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West seniors reunite over six months after explosion


Over six months after the fertilizer plant explosion in West, former seniors of a destroyed rest home are reunited.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, which has aided in over 80 other West events, helped make the reunion happen.

The Atrium in North Waco hosted the event where former West New Haven Rest Home residents were brought. Since the explosion the seniors have be scattered across Central Texas.

"We just thought it would be a really good idea for them to get together, to see their friends are okay, to have the fellowship," said Director of Heart of Texas RSVP, Susan Copeland, "These folks lived in West their whole lives, these weren't just the residents they shared rooms with."

Sunday afternoon was the first time many of the residents had seen each other since the disaster. This included Evelyn Gajdosik, 93, and Louis Mynarcik, 88, who were looked at as a couple by those who knew them well.

The two were in the middle of a domino game when the explosion happened. Gajdosik said she quickly began evacuating while Mynarcik attempted to gather his dominos.

"I got a brand new set of domino and I wanted them," said Mynarcik.

Both were able to make it out alive—along with every single other resident—something many call a miracle.

Mynarcik said he felt overjoyed by the event and being back together with his fellow residents.

For anyone looking for more information on RSVP and their West benefits they can visit heartoftexasrsvp.org.

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