How you can help the fire victims

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on September 5, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 26 at 2:28 PM

AUSTIN -- As wildfires continue to burn in Central Texas, there are several ways to help out the victims and donate.

  • Secure, tax-deductible online donations to the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund can be made by visiting, www.txwildfirerelief.org.
  •  www.TheDriftInn.net offering free housing to evacuees and their pets. Free pet boarding at 512-731-9386. Also donations being accepted at Wimberley Fitness. 14500 Ranch Road 12, Suite 14 Wimberley, TX 78676 (512) 847-8026 
  • The Thrift Shop at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection is accepting donations for victims. The shop at 2008 Justin Lane will take donations of clothing, housewares and toiletries, which will be taken to distribution centers.
  • Austin Christian Fellowship is taking donations of bottled water, sports drinks, non-perishable snacks, toiletries, work gloves, heavy duty trash bags, flashlights, batteries and pet food. Donations can be taken to 6401 River Place Boulevard.
  • Drop off donations at Bee Creek United Methodist Church, 3000 Bee Creek Road, Spicewood, TX 78669.
  • Collections are also being taken in the Liberty Hill area. You can call Chuck Licata at 512-466-7751 to help.
  • The Oasis on Lake Travis is a drop off point for the Austin/Bastrop fire victims. The restaurant is accepting donations as well as water, work gloves, toiletries, non-perishable food items, clothing, trash bags, and flash lights with batteries. Boxes and donation jars will be in the lobby area.
  • The Austin Disaster Relief Network is currently assisting victims of the fires. Organizers say donations of food and clothing can be taken to any local food bank or charity.
  • Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. Disaster Response (LSSDR)is accepting monetary donations for the fire victims here: www.lsss.org/give-now
  • Cash donations should be made directly to the Red Cross of Central Texas.
  • Foundation Christian Ministries in Cedar Creek is setting up a donation/supply center on its campus located at 177 Union Chapel Rd. E., Bastrop, TX 78602.
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Elgin is taking donations, handing out supplies to fire victims, and even housing. They are also serving fire victims hot meals. The church is located at 302 W. 11th St., Elgin, TX 78621. Call 512-281-6281 with questions.
  • St. William Catholic Parish is taking any kind of donations at 620 Round Rock West Drive.
  • Round Rock Express is taking items at the Dell Diamond. All items can be dropped off at the Railyard, the team store. The Round Rock Express is also offering free admission to Pacific Coast League American Conference Championship Series games to any resident displaced due to recent widfires. Just show proof of residency in person at the Dell Diamond ticket office.
  • PflugerBears will be collecting teddy bears and other stuffed "huggables"  at El Rincon Restaurant, located at 225 Pecan Street (FM 1825) in downtown Pflugerville.
  • Cub Scout and Boy Scout units from Gonzales to Round Rock are collecting relief supplies to help families displaced by the wildfires. Click here for dropoff locations: www.bsacac.org/firerelief
  • The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) is requesting assistance in the following ways: Financial donations to CAFB can be made at www.austinfoodbank.org. Food donations can be made at: CAFB warehouse located at 8201 S. Congress Avenue, Austin; Georgetown – Caring Place at  2000 Railroad St.; Round Rock Serving Center at 1099 East Main St.; SVDP Round Rock -- 620 Round Rock West. Most desired food donations are healthy, non-perishable items such as:  Water, Gatorade, Ready to eat meals preferably with pull up or pop tops, Single serving snacks (granola/energy bars),  Lunchables or  single serving foods not requiring refrigeration, Diapers, Baby formula.
  • The Solomon Group is collecting donations for the hundreds of fire victims and will be transporting it directly to the Red Cross each day. Drop off at the National Headquarters 5508 Hwy 290 West Suite 300 in S. Austin just East of the Y in Oak Hill. 512-458-2274 hit 0 to talk to Susan. 
  • Members of the Austin Board of REALTORS® are working to identify housing for wildfire victims. Click here to see some of the listings. 
  • Austin-area Sport Clips Haircuts locations are accepting donations of water, non-perishable food items, toiletries, and towels for Central Texas Fire evacuees and firefighters at all 15 locations in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Bee Cave, Pflugerville, and Kyle. For a location near you, visit http://haircutmenaustintx.com/ In addition, the Austin-area Sport Clips are saying “thanks” to area firefighters with the gift of a free haircut now through the month of September. To redeem, firefighters can simply show a badge or proof of employment at check-out.
  • All Central Texas Rent A Centers are now donation points for the victims of the Bastrop fires. The easiest way for people that want to donate to locate their nearest Rent A Center is to go to www.rentacenter.com & enter their zip code. They are asking that only non-perishables & toiletries be donated at the local stores as they do not have room for clothing.
  • HomeAway has set up a Central Texas Wildfire Housing Directory for evacuees to find temporary housing in a vacation rental.Vacation rental owners and property managers are offering their homes at a discounted rate or free of charge. Here is the link of the homes that are available: http://community.homeaway.com/docs/DOC-2067 
  • American Legion Post 83 is accepting donations of food, clothing, toiletries, and other things for Bastrop at 4401 St. Elmo Rd., Austin, TX 78744 at the corner of Todd Lane and St Elmo. Everything is welcome. 512-442-2896
  • Donations can be taken to St. Philip's United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 16321 Great Oaks Drive in Round Rock
  • To help feed livestock displaced by the fires, you can call Kaysa Smith at 512-466-1791 or Jennifer Masters at 512-301-7788 at the Feed Store after 9 a.m.
  • Wildfire victims needing help with legal issues can get free legal assistance from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid by calling their disaster assistance hotline at 1-866-757-1570.
  • Austin Community Foundation Central Texas Wildfire Relief Fund is accepting donations. All donations to the fund are tax deductible and will be accepted by phone, in person or online, by check, and credit card. Online donations can be made at www.austincf.org/wildfirerelief
  • The City of Llano has set up a trailer accepting donations for fire victims. Any items can be taken to the parking lot on West Young Street, next to Cooper's BBQ. Other locations taking donations: 350 Discovery Blvd in Cedar Park ;Paul Mitchell The School: 15635 Vision Drive, Ste 107, Pflugerville; Hill Country Bible Church: 12124 Ranch Road 620 North; Catholic Health Association: 6225 E. Highway 290; St. Williams Catholic Church in Round Rock; The Burnet County Sheriff's Office: 1601 E. Polk Burnet, Texas; The Spicewood Community Center.
  • People in Bastrop can seek assistance of food and emergency supplies at the Primera Baptista Bastrop Church food pantry. The food pantry is directly supported by The Austin Baptist Chapel "Angel House" Soup Kitchen located at 908 E. Cesar Chavez in Austin .  Funds are needed for purchasing medicines, food, water, and other emergency supplies. Donate  online at www.angelhouse-abc.com/donate-to-the-bastrop-fires-relief.htm. If volunteers want to physically work in this relief effort contact Frank Deutsch at 512-751-2002 or chief61@juno.com.  
  • "The Spirit of Bastrop Burns Stronger" T-shirts are for sale to support victims of the Bastrop Fires. You can email Melinda Gardner to order one at spiritofbastrop@gmail.com. The shirts are grey with black ink. Cost is $15. $10 from every shirt goes to BISD families and Bastrop firefighters who lost homes. Shirts can be mailed for $3.00 per shirt for postage.

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