[meteorite-list] Donation to West, TX disaster relief
From: Marc Fries <chief_scientist_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 8 May 2013 22:34:30 -0500
My apologies for the delay in sending this off; I moved across country and it took me a few days to get myself situated. But I am humbled and pleased to announce that a check just went out to the West, TX Volunteer Fire Department for a four-figure sum. Thank you all for donating! It is my supreme pleasure to work with all of y'all, and I'm sure that the West VFD will put the donation to good use in their disaster relief efforts. The following note went out with the donation:
To the West, TX Volunteer Fire Department and the people of West,
This donation comes from ?passing the hat? among meteorite ?hunters?, hobbyists and scientists. Many of us visited your town after the West, TX fireball in February of 2009, and we have fond memories of our time in your community. We recall the enthusiasm and welcoming friendliness of your town, and our hearts were broken to hear of your recent misfortunes. We hope that this donation will help your community to move forward. Good luck to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Those of us in the meteorite ?hunter?/hobbyist/scientist community
On Apr 20, 2013, at 7:50 PM, Marc Fries wrote:
> Howdy all
> A fire and explosion occurred at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas on Wednesday (17 April 2013) morning. The town was devastated by the blast, with widespread damage and fourteen deaths. Tragically, eleven of those dead are fire fighters who responded to the blast.
> Many meteorite hunters and scientists traveled to West for the "Ash Creek" meteorite fall in 2009, and I think I can speak for many when I say that we have fond memories of the hospitality and enthusiasm of the locals. When I called the West volunteer fire department (VFD) to inquire about making a donation, I found out that a gentleman who had taken time out of his busy day to give me a guided tour of the strewn field was injured in the blast and his truck was totalled. I spoke with his wife, who happened to be a volunteer at the VFD and remembered me and other meteorite hunters by name. We think it would be a nice gesture to send a donation on behalf of the meteorite community.
> Please donate to disaster relief for the town of West, and specifically for their fire fighters. Galactic Analytics is not a non-profit organization, so your donation will not be tax-deductable. However, 100% of your donation will be sent to the West, TX volunteer fire department - we will cover any taxes involved if that is an issue.
> If you'd rather make a tax deductible donation (which is perfectly reasonable!), please send a check to:
> West VFD
> P.O. Box 97
> West, TX 76691
> Thank you,
> Galactic Analytics LLC
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Received on Wed 08 May 2013 11:34:30 PM PDT