West recovery center passes major hurdle

West cleanup

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Volunteers are helping the former residents of an apartment building destroyed in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion locate priceless photos and mementos in the rubble.

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by TODD UNGER

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WFAA

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Some good news emerged Wednesday out of the hard-hit town of West, Texas.

The West Long-Term Recovery center has finally received an official 501(c)3 designation from the IRS.

That was a was critical and necessary step before any private donations could be distributed or streamlined through the center.

A number of relief funds — like the Waco Foundation and accounts at the town banks — have been collecting money since the deadly fertilizer plant explosion on April 17.

Roughly $3.5 million in private donations has been collected.

Organizations like the Salvation Army have also raised more than $1.1 million in donations specifically intended for relief efforts in West.

Baylor University also announced on Wednesday that the near $300,000 it has collected will be given to a local church to further help with demolition and debris removal efforts.

The recovery center said there is still no firm timetable for when private donations will start being distributed.

Eligibility requirements for who might qualify for the funds are still being determined.

E-mail tunger@wfaa.com

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