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Nursing students collecting donations for West explosion victims

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Texas state nursing students are collecting donations and delivering them to the victims of the west explosion.

"And we're doing gift cards if people have monetary donations. We're asking, in like, $10 increments, Wal-Mart gift cards," said Whitney Milburn, West Donation Organizer and Texas State nursing student.

Milburn has friends and others have family members in West, some who are still missing.

The survivors they know lost everything--their homes and all of their personal belongings.

They're accepting donations at the Round Rock Nursing School through noon on Friday--bottled water, adult and baby diapers, feminine hygiene products, really anything that is a basic necessity.

"They're at the Community Center right now. Even though the Community Center is not wanting to sort through the clothing, my friends that are from West are willing to sort through the clothes. They, they need it," said Milburn.

The American Red Cross has a Waco chapter assisting those affected by fertilizer plant explosion, but they've also sent about 55 staffers and volunteers. They set up a shelter Wednesday night and are now assessing the damage.

"We'll be sending in mental health care volunteers to help them with their recovery. Will be providing for their immediate needs, if they need shelter, food, that sort of thing," said Marty McKellips, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross.

Both Red Cross officials and the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas say the best way to help the relief effort is to donate money online. One dollar can turn into $5 worth of food through the food bank.

"That have pop can protein, fruit and some dry milk cereal that is shelf stable that is ready at any time during a need and of course, lots and lots of bottled waters," said Joanna Linden of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

Our local food bank serves as an emergency food relief system for West and the Waco area.

"We haven't heard yet what the needs are, but we are ready and we do have the boxes ready. They're in stock, ready to go, just as soon as we hear what the needs are," Linden said.

You don't have to be on the front lines to bring some kind of relief. For you baseball fans, the Texas Rangers will also be accepting essential items during this weekend's series in Arlington and if all you have to give is blood, they'll take that too on Sunday at the ballpark.

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