FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (4/22/13)--The credit union community in Central Texas was not impacted by the fertilizer plant explosion that caused massive damage in the town of West, Texas, said the Texas Credit Union Foundation.
TCUF Executive Director Courtney Moral called every credit union in the Central Texas Chapter to assess whether they or their employees had experienced any damage from Wednesday night's explosion (LoneStar Leaguer April 19).
Moran reached all but a few and noted they did not seem to have been impacted. "Certainly this is good news for our credit union community in Central Texas; however, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all those who have suffered loss," Moran said.
The explosion killed at least 12 people with 60 others unaccounted for, injured 160 people, and destroyed at least 150 homes, USA Today said Friday.
TCUF will not activate its disaster relief fund at this time but said it if discovers a credit union employee had been affected, it would be poised to help.
Credit unions wanting to help the victims should consider donating to agencies such as American Red Cross or donating blood, said Moran.
The Texas Credit Union League held a jeans day Friday to raise funds for victims of the West explosion and the bombings in Boston.
Texas Partners FCU in Killeen, Genco FCU in Waco, and Generations FCU in San Antonio are collecting monetary donations for the West community or for American Red Cross. Texas Partners is also accepting non-perishable food items and selling chocolate to benefit the relief area. Generations is partnering with KENS 5 for its KENS Cares program to benefit the Red Cross efforts in West.