West donation center asking for money donations

Posted at 11:23 PM, Apr 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-20 05:47:46-04

The outpouring of support for the victims in West is overwhelming. In fact, the donation center at the fairgrounds is overflowing. What they don't need anymore is water, but they're asking for money donations.

Donated supplies around Texas keep pouring into West. One car after another, lined up wanting to give anything they can.

"We've had an overwhelming donations of water, clothes and things like that," said Jimmy Ayala, a volunteer and West resident.

Clothing, food, shoes and even dog food are being donated, but the donation center is overwhelmed. 

"What we need now, right now, we are at the saturating point on receiving stuff. Clothes, food, those kind of things, " said Judge Scott Felton, McLennan County Judge. "We're running out of places to put them in and we are going to have to distribute that outside of the area."

What the center really needs, are tubs and boxes for all the supplies. Blood is also a huge necessity.

"From what I've been hearing, there has been a good community response for blood," said Mark Felton, Executive Director Heart of Texas Red Cross. "You can never have too much so that's a good strong position for the health community incase there's extra need."

There's never enough volunteers in a time of need and help, but they are asking for money instead of time.

"Actually, on Thursday night about 6pm, we had 500 just volunteering and figure out where to put everybody so it got a little congested here. A lot of people could donate money vs time," Ayala said. 

Banks in the West area are accepting money donations.