A community changed in an instant: How you can help

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A volunteer firefighter provided this photo of damage to an apartment building near the site of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion on April 17, 2013. By Ashley Carter A volunteer firefighter provided this photo of damage to an apartment building near the site of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion on April 17, 2013. By Ashley Carter

PHOENIX -- Communities across the country are asking themselves "What can we do?" after a large explosion at a fertilizer plant devastated the small city of West, TX, just before 8 p.m. (CDT) Wednesday evening. Rescue workers continue to search through rubble Thursday looking for survivors of the explosion that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others.

The community can show its' support of West, TX by donating to national support organizations like The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

The most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in West, TX is by making a financial contribution:

  • MAIL - Please send checks to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
  • PHONE - Please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • ONLINE - Visit www.salvationarmytexas.org

The most effective way to support the American Red Cross efforts in Texas is to give directly on their Disaster Relief fund online at www.redcross.org.