Willie Nelson raises $120,000 for towns hit by plant explosion

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on May 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 2:29 PM

WEST, Texas -- Town leaders from West, Texas, and neighboring Abbott were all smiles on Monday afternoon as a representative for country music star Willie Nelson gave donated checks totaling more than $120,000.

Most of the money was raised at a benefit birthday concert Nelson hosted a few weeks ago in Austin.

More than $80,000 was donated to the West Volunteer Fire Department.

Abbott got more than $40,000, some of which will be used to help buy a new truck they lost in the explosion of the April 17 fertilizer plant fire. Abbott is known as the birthplace of Willie Nelson.

West Volunteer Fire Chief George Nors Sr. was also on hand after finally being released from the hospital.

"I'm doing better, doing better," he told News 8. "I'm still recuperating."

Nors and other personnel say they are thankful to Nelson and people from across the country for their continuing support and generosity.

According to a News 8 tally of different relief funds set up after the explosion, more than $3.5 million has been raised.

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