WACO (July 11, 2013)--As West continues to clear the way for a brighter future, Baylor University announced Wednesday it will spend more than $290,000 to assist with the demolition and debris removal in West.
The university held several discussions with both the Waco Foundation and the City of West Long Term Recovery Committee, and has decided to hand over $290,716 raised by school employees, students and the general public to the First Baptist Church in West to aid in that way.
Numerous Baptist organizations and other nonprofits have come together in recent weeks to lend a helping hand including providing free labor, lunches, and other needful services.
A spokesperson for the university said another 50 to 60 homes have yet to be demolished and the church’s funds are nearly depleted.
The donation will assist in the completion of the demolition so that the community can continue to rebuild.
Local homeowners who plan to rebuild have been saved $10,000 to $15,000 in debris removal costs that are not fully covered by insurance.
“Not only are we helping our families and town financially, but we are giving the people of West hope. We are extremely grateful to Baylor University and all of the donors who gave to the Baylor West Relief fund for allowing us to bring that hope,” FBC West Pastor John Crowder said.