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4-22-13 ​ACS DR Response to West, Tex. Fertilizer Plant Explosion
Operations include receiving center and Mobile Distribution Unit

Sherry Watts is assisting survivors in West, Tex., with clothing packets, personal hygiene kits, blankets and sheets with the Mobile Distribution Unit in the background [Photo by Joe Watts]  
Texas Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) deployed following the West, Tex. Fertilizer Plant Explosion. At the Hillsboro Outlet Mall ACS DR, in cooperation with Hill County Emergency Management, operated a receiving center for disaster relief supplies. Personal care items, diapers, paper products, first aid supplies, school supplies, food, clothing, pet food, and other items were collected, sorted, and sent to a staging area for use by the survivors.

A mother and her young son brought some items for the survivors, including a Toy Story sleeping bag. When asked if he had outgrown it, she replied that it was one of his favorite things, but he wanted to share with a child who had lost everything in the explosion.
  SWU students volunteering at the collection center, where they are loading donated goods from the collection center into a truck to be moved to the storage facility. [Photo by Sherry Watts]

The Mobile Distribution Unit, a semi filled with pre-packaged outfits of clothing, personal care kits, and blankets, was deployed to West, Tex., to serve the survivors of the Fertilizer Plant Explosion. Other agencies were also at the same location, offering various services. As the goods from the ACS DR truck were shared with them, some told of their miraculous experiences surviving the blast. Friends would see each other for the first time since the explosion, would hug each other, share experiences, talk about those who lost their lives, and inquire about friends and relatives.
A group of students from Southwestern Adventist University (SWU) enthusiastically volunteered to assist at the receiving area in Hillsboro, as well as help with the mobile distribution unit in West. 
The motto for Adventist Community Services is "Serving Communities in Christ's Name."
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Sherry Watts
Texas ACS DR
Assistant Director
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
9705 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046-1565 USA
Telephone: 443-391-7200
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