I am updating this entry because based on word from West itself, our plans have changed:

This request comes from the Mayor of West. All the goods donated are wonderful but we have received so much, it has become a problem. At this time there are no real material needs for supplies. What will make the BIGGEST affect, is donate money to the relief at Point West Bank & Trust (254) 826-5333 or State National Bank (254) 826-3741.


We’ve had a sad few days, haven’t we?

B and I are planning to drive some supplies down to West this weekend, to help in the aftermath of their plant explosion.  They’ve been a frequent stop for us on road trips, and I have a real soft spot for that little town.  I’d be happy to take a box of things down for you, if you are local.  You can email me at lane.theoutsidelane@gmail.com for info.

If we have to change our plans, or we run out of room in our car, I’ll direct you to a local drop off site.

People are asking for the following:

  • Bottled water
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes
  • Blankets
  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Toys
  • Adult Diapers (over 100 elderly had to be evacuated from their homes in an elderly care facility)
  • Peroxide
  • Alcohol
  • Gauze
  • Medical supplies
  • Cots
  • Air Mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Dog food
  • Cat food
  • Pet crates/carriers

My grandparents lost their home to arson when I was small.  They were visiting our house when burglars broke in, stole what they wanted, ate what they wanted out of the refrigerator, then set fire to the mattresses in every bedroom.  They lost nearly everything.  I will never forget the look on my grandfather’s face.  I will never forget how it affected them.  I will also never forget that people shared what they had to help them.

Even if you aren’t anywhere near Boston or West, somewhere close, there is a family who needs help.  I encourage you to share what you can.  You could make a lasting impression on a little girl who will grow up to try to emulate your kindness–and that will help change the world for the better.