West: Red Cross Allocates More Funds For Recovery

WEST (September 6, 2013)--The American Red Cross of Central Texas has allocated another $295,000 for recovery efforts in West in the aftermath of the deadly April 17 fertilizer plant explosion.

The money will be used for cleanup, counseling, and community-building events, the Red Cross said.

"West is a small tight-knit town with deep roots," said Mark Felton, the chapter’s executive director.

"One of the essential components of recovery is to address the longer term psychological effects of disaster and provide opportunities to heal."

The funds will provide as much of three years of support for crisis counseling, regularly scheduled gatherings of senior citizens, property cleanup, demolition of damaged buildings, and replacement of household appliances.

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