Midland American Legion Collecting Donations for Bastrop Fire Victims

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A local organization is bringing hope to hundreds in Central Texas as the wildfire continues to burn in Bastrop.

The American Legion Post in Midland is helping those who were affected by the blaze get back on their feet.

"It's a scary feeling when you don't know," Sandy Childers, with the American Legion Post 19, said.

"We are praying for them," John Cox, also with the American Legion, said.

With more than 1,400 homes reduced to rubble and ash, families who have been displaced by the Bastrop fire are trying to figure out what to do next.

Now the American Legion Post 19 in Midland is stepping in to bring some sort of relief with a donation drive.

"We are just trying to get donations to the Bastrop American Legion," Childers said.

Childers has been in touch with Legion Post 533 in Bastrop. That post is now set up as shelter for families displaced by the blaze.

"Right now the needs are changing everyday, they need the little stuff," Childers said. "Kids are going back to school next week. They need backpacks, school supplies, personal care items, eye drops."

But Childers said many right here in the Basin want to do more.

"I had a lady call me and offer me her entire home furniture," she said. "She said 'I'm redecorating, you can have everything.' But these people don't have homes to put it in yet. That's gonna be way down the line."

John Cox said he feels for all the victims.

"Things that you just can't replace. Pictures, personal items, momentos," he said. "I just can't imagine that."

Cox said the American Legion Posts all have a special bond.

"It's a brotherhood because we have served together," he said. "We need to help them out whether they're veterans or not. It's just a terrible thing that's going on down there."

Childers wants to make the donation drive ongoing to match the needs as they come in the near future.

"I know of a couple that's going every Monday so I hope we can take at least two or three boxes each time," she said.

"We just hope and pray that they can come out of this and things will get better," Cox said.

If you'd like to donate, they're asking for toiletry items, school supplies, eye drops and socks and underwear.

You can drop your donations off at the American Legion Post in Midland at 501 Veterans Airpark. They're open seven days a week.