Help continues to pour in for the victims of West on Friday. More volunteers showed up ready to cook and serve hot homecooked meals.
The volunteers say they'll stick around until there isn't another hungry person suffering from the tragedy that took place here. They're eager to serve victims, first responders and their families. They stress they want nothing in return.
The crowd at the community center continues to grow as the number of volunteers wanting to help overwhelms the people in this community.
"We know, when there is a need, we're going to go and before I could even make any phone calls, I had people calling me, asking, 'are we going?' and I said yes," said Debbie Day with Rapid Hope Disaster Relief.
Debbie and others with Rapid Hope of Ft. Worth are cooking up chipotle tacos...and lots of them.
"We are actually going to feed our volunteers, and of course, the community, two hot meals a day for as long as we're needed," she said.
They came fully stocked, with the supplies to make barbecue chicken, baked beans, potato salad and fried turkeys. It's the fourth disaster Debbie's crew has responded to recently
"We actually just want to be the hands and feet of Jesus. It's just that simple. We don't want anything from it. We just want to be a blessing to this community," she said.
Just feet away, volunteers from Central Texas are preparing an entire day's menu in their mobile kitchen.
"It's going to be serving up breakfast and lunch and dinner for anyone who is looking for food, and we've got our local teams out of Waco making sure we're serving hot meals. In times of crisis, we're all Texans, we all live here and we want to be out in the community helping them.," said Leticia Mendoza with HEB Grocery.
Also, some West High School students are spending their time volunteering, broken-hearted by the tragedy that left their friends with nothing.
Ashlee Weber was at the high school when the plant exploded, and told us, "I took a picture of it on fire, not expecting it to blow up, and then all the sudden, all we see is black smoke everywhere."
She considers herself lucky, escaping the explosion with only a cracked windshield.
"A lot of my friends have lost their homes from over there. It's just unbelievable that it's gone," Ashlee said.
We are told that the people of West now really need monetary donations more than anything, as most of the people affected by this have their entire lives to rebuild.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:57:06 GMT
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