Like many of you, we have been watching in disbelief the horrible fires that have consumed a number of homes across the state of Texas, but specifically in the Bastrop area of the Hill Country. Our office has been been communicating with citizens of Bastrop to see how things are coming along for them and to see if there was anything we could do to assist. According to their reply, the fires were 30% contained but as of two days ago. As of this morning, 1,387 homes had already been destroyed in Bastrop, a community with a population of 7,552.
I spoke with the Food Pantry Manager and she stated they have opened a warehouse for food and are expecting to have to feed families who have lost everything for at least the next six months.
Starting on Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 30, the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau will be accepting donations at our offices located at 1575 Heritage Dr., Suite 100, in McKinney. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. We will deliver the items to the Bastrop community at the end of the month. With the kinds of losses they are suffering every day and will continue to until these fires are extinguished, they need much help.
The staff gave me information on the types of donations they are looking for at this time. They include household items like the following:
- Baby food
- Toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, razors, feminine products
- Paper goods – toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, baby wipes
- Kids items – toys, games, clothes
- Bedding – blankets, sheets, pillows
- Pet supplies – crates, food, toys, bedding
- Non-perishable food
Again, we are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will start accepting items on Monday morning, September 12.
We have been fortunate in McKinney to not have experienced these fires and feel strongly the need to reach out to the citizens of the small town of Bastrop who have suffered this great loss. Any size donation is greatly appreciated and will go into the hands of people in dire need.
We are NOT able to accept financial donations at our office. If you are interested in making a monetary donation, call 512-332-8661.
We appreciate your consideration!