4/18/2013 3:08 P.M. ET
Texas Rangers announce relief initiatives to assist victims and residents of West, Texas explosion and fires
By / MLB.com
The Texas Rangers announced today several relief initiatives to assist the victims of the devastating explosion and fires that took place in West, Texas on Wednesday evening.
During this weekend's series with the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, fans may donate essential items for the victims and residents of West. Items will be collected outside the Rangers Ballpark gates from two hours before the game until 30 minutes after first pitch.
The following items are most requested: diapers/wipes, new underwear, blankets, water bottles, gift cards for grocery stores or home supply stores, toiletries, sports drinks or powdered sports drinks, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, non-perishable food items, clothing of all sizes, bedding, dog and cat food. Cash donations will also be accepted and will be directed to relief efforts.
Game times for the Rangers-Mariners series are Friday and Saturday, April 19-20 at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 at 2:05 p.m. The items will be delivered to the citizens of West, Texas next week.
In addition, the Rangers will team up with the Carter BloodCare to hold a Blood Drive for fans coming to the game on Sunday, April 21. The Blood Drive will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. Fans can enter the Blood Drive through the Hall of Fame entrance located on the concourse behind the Lower Home Run Porch.
In addition, the Texas Rangers/Sportservice Food Truck will travel to West on Friday to make donations of food and water to residents.
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