West, Texas Gift Card and Cash Donation Drive

The Collin County Association of Realtors (CCAR) is deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred in West, Texas on April 17. As fellow Texans, we are compelled to do what we can to help our neighbors who are hurting.

CCAR is holding a gift card and cash drive, in which we are encouraging members to deliver Home Depot, Lowe's, Target and Wal-Mart gift cards in $25 increments to CCAR's Plano and Dallas offices, as well as drop-off locations throughout Collin County. (Check ccar.net/west for an updated list of drop-off locations). Cash donations in any denomination will also be gladly accepted.

Gift card and cash donations will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. A team of CCAR officers, directors and members will personally deliver the gift cards and cash donations to West on Saturday, May 4.

Gift Card and Cash Drop-Off Locations in McKinney:

Step Up Realty
5900 S. Lake Forest Dr., #300
McKinney, TX 75070

McKinney Chamber of Commerce
2150 S. Central Expressway, Suite 150
McKinney TX 75070

We hope that you will join us in helping our neighbors to the south as they begin to heal and rebuild. If you have questions regarding the gift card and cash drive, please contact Matt Hilton at 469-342-8865.


American National Bank of Texas

American National Bank of Texas (ANBTX) will be accepting monetary donations through Monday, May 6 to help the community of West, Texas recover and rebuild in the wake of disaster. 100% of funds collected will go directly to the Texas Bankers Disaster Relief Fund established for West, Texas by the Independent Bankers Association of Texas and the Texas Bankers Association.

If you would like to make a donation to support the West community, please stop by any ANBTX location by May 6 to contribute. For a list of bank locations please visit anbtx.com.



Ross Gillispie, Assistant Vice-President with Vision Bank Texas and member of the McKinney Chamber's Young Professionals (MYP), helped organize a drive through his employer and McKinney's Cockrill Middle School. After delivering two loads of household items and learning that monetary donations were a greater need, funds were collected and donated in MYP's name to a relief fund at Pointwest Bank in West, Texas.


Red Cross

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to Texas to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from explosions on April 17. Click here to read full release. But in the aftermath, surrounding communities find themselves looking for ways to contribute their personal time and resources. The American Red Cross and SPCA of Texas are two organizations that offer different options and suggestions for the best way to lend a hand.

Neighbors have stepped up to participate in local American Red Cross volunteer trainings so that they can help their community in its hour of need. Visit the American Red Cross website to read more.

The American Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters. Read more about donating, raising funds and giving blood through the American Red Cross. Visit redcross.org/support.


SPCA of Texas

Transport vehicles arrived at the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas last Thursday, April 18 with 57 dogs transferred from the Humane Society of Central Texas in Waco in the aftermath of the explosion in West, Texas.

The SPCA of Texas contacted the Humane Society of Central Texas last Thursday to offer support by providing for the care and placement of the animals already waiting to find new homes at the Humane Society of Central Texas at the time of the transfer. This transfer allowed the Humane Society of Central Texas to respond to animals in need, and allow the owners of lost pets to find their family members close to where they live. The SPCA of Texas immediately began individually evaluating the transferred animals for placement or adoption and provide spay or neuter surgery for those animals not already sterilized.

In an effort to create room for these incoming dogs and cats, the SPCA of Texas offered a 50% discount off of all adoption fees for dogs and cats this past weekend, and the results were amazing: 86 pets were adopted. “That’s about twice as many pets are adopted on an average weekend,” said Maura Davies, SPCA Vice President, Communications.

For those who would like to provide further assistance, the SPCA of Texas asks the community to come forward and open their homes and their hearts to these animals and the hundreds already waiting for homes in the SPCA of Texas' two North Texas-area shelters. To see all available pets, please visit spca.org/findapet. The SPCA of Texas encourages people who have been considering adding a pet to their family to adopt and give these shelter animals a loving home. The animals from this transfer will be posted to that website as they become available for adoption.

If now is not the best time to introduce a new best friend to the family, the SPCA of Texas encourages people to help by giving to the SPCA of Texas at spca.org/donate. Support from the community at this time is especially critical, as the SPCA of Texas' resources are always stretched to the maximum.