This morning on LFN we spoke with Kathy Stocco from the Lubbock Area Foundation about how South Plains citizens can help with wildfire relief efforts. Details on how you can donate and get involved are below.

SOUTH PLAINS DISASTER RECOVERY FUND LAUNCHED

TO AID IN WILDFIRE RESPONSE AND RECOVERY EFFORTS

(Lubbock, TX)- The Lubbock Area Foundation has announced the launch of the South Plains Disaster Recovery Fund through which anyone can donate to aid relief efforts related to wildfires and other disasters that may affect communities in the South Plains area.  Recent wildfires have caused widespread destruction and have exhausted the limited resources of volunteer fire departments and agencies such as Red Cross and Salvation Army that provide on-site support for emergency responders.  “Our hearts go out to our neighbors and friends who have suffered losses due to the wildfires,” said Lubbock Area Foundation Executive Director, Kathy Stocco. “The South Plains Disaster Recovery Fund will ensure that financial support is quickly and effectively made available to emergency response agencies that we count on for help when South Plains communities are at risk.”

Our regional volunteer fire departments are currently in great need of funding to replace equipment and supplies that have been damaged or lost in fighting the recent wildfires. Some equipment is insured but many items are not.   The Texas Forest Service announced last week that it has established a statewide VFD Emergency Assistance Fund to help volunteer fire departments battling wildfires.  Through the South Plains Disaster Recovery Fund, the people of the South Plains can focus their support on the needs of emergency response agencies that serve this region.   Individuals, businesses and civic organizations wishing to help replace equipment and keep our volunteer firefighters prepared for future emergencies can contribute online at www.lubbockareafoundation.org. Checks can be mailed to Lubbock Area Foundation at 2509 80th Street; Lubbock, TX 79423 (please designate your gift for “Disaster Relief.”)  All gifts are tax-deductible.