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Volunteers gathering items for fire victims

Sept. 9, 2011 at 4:09 a.m.

Donated water for firefighters is seen at the convention center, Wednesday in Bastrop. The fire has destroyed more than 600 homes and blackened about 45 square miles in and around Bastrop.


Donation items: pillows, blankets, canned goods, toiletries and cash donations

Drop off locations:

425 Mission Valley Acres Road in Mission Valley

206 Byron Lane, Victoria

15398 U.S. Highway 87 South in Placedo 1808 Sam Houston Drive, Victoria

For more information on added drop off locations, call Amanda Lynch at 361-935-8656 or Jennifer Janak at 832-512-1484.

The Eagles Lodge in Port Lavaca, led by Chaplain Debra Leigh, is collecting bottled water, nonperishable food items, hygienic items, baby formula and diapers, blankets and clothing. Drop offs can be made at the lounge at state Highway 35 South at 361-482-7586.

First Baptist Church of Gonzales is accepting donations including blood pressure cuffs, diabetic supplies, diapers, baby food, nonperishable food, clothing (including underwear), toiletries trash bags, bottled water and gift cards to Walmart or H-E-B. Donations can be made at the church, 422 Saint Paul St. For more information, call 830-672-9595.

Tammy Brasher, owner of Harley's Restaurant, Harley's Liquor, Yoakum Pawn and Jewelry, is accepting pillows, blankets, bottled water, nonperishable food items and toiletries. Donations can made at the business locations or to the Yoakum Chamber of Commerce at 105 Huck St. For more information call Brasher at 361-798-0056.

Amanda Lynch, 27, of Mission Valley, started an online campaign through Facebook to collect donations for victims of the fire in Bastrop.

Lynch grew up just north of Bastrop in Lexington and her many of her friends' families live in Bastrop.

"I posted something on Facebook one day and it sort of exploded into 'Victoria is going to save Bastrop all by itself,'" Lynch said.

In the first two days, Lynch and her friends filled a small trailer and her sport utility vehicle with the first round of supplies for Bastrop.

As of Friday, they filled the office at The Church at Spring Creek, 2806 N. Navarro St. Suite E, and they will be taking those supplies to Bastrop on Saturday.

Jennifer Janak, 28, Lynch and their pastor Gene Rice, have been sorting the donations and arranging to transport them to the victims of the fire.

Lynch said she is still accepting donations at various drop off sites in town including Starbucks, Papillon Salon and the homes at 806 Byron Lane and 1808 Sam Houston Drive.

Lynch said she is grateful for all the donations she has received, and at this time, they need all the volunteers they can get to help sort and prepare the donations for transport.

"We appreciate the people of Victoria coming together to support this relief drive," Lynch said. "The people in Bastrop are all very, very grateful. They help unload the supplies and sort them so they can get them out to everyone who needs them."



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