Donation drives launched for victims of fertilizer plant explosion

TSTC Waco is being used as a shelter for victims

Donation drives have been launched across the Lone Star State for the victims of an explosion that took place at a fertilizer plant north of Waco.

The deadly blast in West, Texas has already claimed 15 lives and left at least 160 people injured.

The town has been evacuated while authorities search through debris for the missing and survivors.

Here in the Rio Grande Valley, the Baptist Temple off Trenton Road in McAllen is asking for donations.

The church is collecting:

Surgical Masks Work Gloves Latex Gloves Non-Perishable Food Items Bottled Water

Organizer Roy Martinez said the donations will be delivered on Friday.

There are three drop-off locations across the Valley:

Baptist Temple Church2001 Trenton RoadMcAllen

Clinical Pathology Laboratories913 S. Airport DriveWeslaco

KGBT-TV9201 West ExpresswayHarlingen

The American Red Cross has been deployed to the area and is asking for cash donations to be made on the Donate Funds page on website.

Officials with the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) campus in Waco have opened their Student Recreation Center as a shelter to take in those displaced by the explosion.

TSTC Waco officials are asking for the following donations:

Gatorade Fruit juice Snacks Blankets Pillows Toiletries (soap, deodorant, toothbrush/paste, etc.) Clothes Blankets Diapers Formula Bottles Toys Teddy Bears/Stuffed Animals Adult diapers Peroxide Alcohol Gauze Medical supplies Air Mattresses Gift cards to WalMart or HEB

Please drop off items at the Student Recreation Center located on Campus Drive in Waco.

TSTC officials at the Harlingen campus are on standby to respond to any support requested by the TSTC System.