Actually, anyone can help. You don’t have to be a Texan. Recently, I read that some of our least-populated counties had some of the biggest fires, and yet these same counties received the smallest amounts of money from state and federal sources to fight their wildfires. No matter where they are, firefighters need proper equipment, clothing, food, a place to stay, and so on . Everyone seems to be on a budget right now, but if you can spare a donation, no matter how small, here’s where you can send it. Every little bit helps. Fire season is far from over. We still have a long way to go.
Want to help?
Those who want to help the departments battling the devastating 2011 wildfires are encouraged to donate directly to their local volunteer fire department.
Texas Forest Service has established the VFD Emergency Assistance Fund to help volunteer fire departments. Donations are tax deductible and can be earmarked for particular departments, counties or regions. All proceeds (100 percent) will be distributed to volunteer fire departments via grants for firefighting expenses.
Checks should be made payable to Texas Forest Service. If you’d like your donation to go to a specific department, region or county, please indicate that on the check.
Donations can be mailed to:
Texas Forest Service
John B. Connally Building
301 Tarrow, Ste. 421
College Station, Texas 77840-7896
If you have additional questions about how you can help, email HelpingTexas@tfs.tamu.edu.