News | H-E-B taking donations for victims of West fertilizer plant blas

April 19, 2013

By Mike W. Thomas | San Antonio Business Journal

Original Article

H-E-B has launched a statewide checkstand donation campaign at its grocery stores to raise funds for the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

The San Antonio-based grocery company has also made a direct contribution of $50,000 to the American Red Cross and all donations raised will go to the Red Cross in support of its disaster relief efforts.

H-E-B activated its emergency response units including a mobile kitchen and water tanker to provide much needed meals and water to the victims of the disaster and first responders. Food, water, snacks and medical supplies have been donated to local hospitals and nursing home facilities along with baby items such as diapers, formula and bottles to families displaced by the explosion.

Officials say that eight to 10 bodies had been recovered in the devastated areas around Wednesday’s horrific explosion at West Fertilizer Co. and that they expect to find about a half-dozen more inside the facility.

H-E-B operates 337 stores in Texas and Mexico and has sales of more than $18 billion.