Posted on September 18, 2011 at 2:07 PM
Sunday, Sep 18 at 6:32 PM
AUSTIN, Texas-- Music fans in town for the Austin City Limits Music Festival are generously giving to wildfire victims. Volunteers are collecting monetary donations during the three day event to benefit the American Red Cross and the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund.
On Friday volunteers raised $15,426 for the two non-profit groups. The producers of the festival, C3 Presents, doubled the amount with a matching pledge for a total donation of $30,852.
For those attending ACL, the devastation caused by wildfires throughout Central Texas isn’t far from their minds.
“Imagining how many people that are affected, it's really sobering,” said festival attendee Rachel Kinnaman.
“There are some people I know that have been affected by the fire. It's strange for something to be so close,” said festival attendee Tom Prince.
Volunteers are going around the crowds with empty boots and asking fans to fill them with monetary donations.
“People are just chasing us down, saying I want to help, I want to help. Writing us checks and putting money in the boot and it’s been a wonderful experience,” said Kelsey Coleman with the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund.
The Texas Wildfire Relief Fund will use the money to help volunteer fire departments and volunteer firefighters who lost their own homes while they continued to fight fires.
The American Red Cross has teams in the Bastrop area helping families who lost all their belongings to the wildfire.
ACL and organization volunteers will be stationed at the Volunteer Headquarters across from the main entrance on Barton Springs, to collect donations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.