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Re: [czech-142] Please Remember our Czech brothers & sisters in West, Texas

From: Lubomir N.
Sent on: Monday, April 22, 2013 6:01 PM
Vlozeno do http://www.czechevents.net/news

Lubomir Novotny
www.czechevents.net

On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 4:06 PM, MaryElizabeth Lackey <[address removed]> wrote:
 
Hello Elizabeth,

Thank you for sending this out. I have many friends in West that are really struggling, all the support is appreciated. If anyone wants to donate here are a couple of ways to donate if possible:
 
AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC OFFER DISASTER RELIEF TO WEST TEXAS

Washington, 17 March 2013 - American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR) offered to the Czech Ambassador to the United States Petr Gandalovič aid to assist the to...wn of West, Texas, which was severely damaged by an explosion and fire.

AFoCR has previous experience in assisting in disaster relief after the 2002 floods in the Czech Republic. At that time, AfoCR raised over $300,000 divided among 20 Czech flood-affected schools, churches, museums, hospitals and cities.

Please consider donating through our web site for disaster aid for the town of West. Your donation is tax deductible. Your contribution, no matter how small, makes a difference. Thank you!
 
They have also set up a fund at:
  • Email Us:   [address removed]
  • West Location
    P.O. Box 279
    West, Texas 76691
    Phone: (254)[masked]
    Fax:     (254)[masked]
  • Thank you,
    MaryElizabeth Lackey
     




    --- On Sun, 4/21/13, Elizabeth <[address removed]> wrote:

    From: Elizabeth <[address removed]>
    Subject: [czech-142] Please Remember our Czech brothers & sisters in West, Texas
    To: [address removed]
    Date: Sunday, April 21, 2013, 11:22 AM


    FROM CATHEY LANE: In light of the terrible tragedy in West, Texas, this week, if you would like to send a card of support or some specific form of help to a family who has suffered loss of home or family member, consider sending something like a WalMart gift card to a local church for direct placement.  Many folks were just seeing the full extent of damage to their neighborhood and homes today.  Friends and family are providing immediate food and shelter, but our experience with friends who have lost their homes to fire or hurricane was their next most pressing physical need was to buy themselves new underwear, 2 changes of basic clothes, and get prescription medicine and health supplements/items replaced.  Some insurance companies respond very quickly with some emergency replacement cash for that purpose; others do not – renters like those living in the devastated apartment complex may not have carried renters insurance and could have no monetary fallback for their lost possessions and will have to rely on donated household items that seem to be coming in from collection boxes that have been set up in some small central Texas towns I know of from my mother’s reports.
     
    Some churches in the area:
    St. Martin’s Church, 301 St Martins Church Rd, West, TX 76691 St Mary's Catholic Church, 301 S Harrison St, West, TX 76691
    WEST BRETHREN CHURCH, 901 N Marable St, West, TX 76691
    First Baptist Church, 501 N Marable St, West, TX 76691
     
    ARTICLE BY BUD KENNEDY [address removed]
    Not long ago, a local TV station promoted itself as the "Spirit of Texas."
    Commercials showed Texans of all ages and colors. They danced together, shared thrills and celebrated life's joys.  It looked just like West.
    Of all Texas' iconic small towns, I don't know another that is such a crossroad for Texans.
    We meet on the polka dance floor at the annual Westfest, or for kolaches at Gerik's or the Czech Stop.
    Smack dab between Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and College Station, West draws guests and energy from all three, but remains loyal to century-old traditions of Moravian immigrants who came seeking freedom.
    Families still teach their children Czech. After a night in one of the Czech-founded fraternal lodge halls (the Slovanská Podporující Jednota Statu Texas, SPJST), they worship at Czech Protestants' old Brethren church.
    On Labor Day weekends, they dress up and dance, bake pastries or make sausages and potato pancakes for the biggest cultural festival in this part of Texas, Westfest.
    Having fought assimilation and urbanism, they now must fight to survive after an explosion that took lives, including firefighters and paramedics, and also homes, jobs and pets.
    "The kids today, they don't know anything about West or Czechs in Texas," said Jerry Janecka, 80, a fifth-generation Czech-American and docent at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio.
    "Czechs came to Texas for freedom. They didn't want to be forced to speak German. They wanted to keep their church. They wanted to live their own way. That is a close-knit community."
    Until last year, a Czech-language weekly newspaper flourished.
    Prague-based Czech Radio had no trouble finding an interview Thursday.
    Raymond J. Snokhous, 83, of West, the honorary consul for Texas, is the son of a Bohemian blacksmith.
    According to an online translation, he said: "Please tell all the good people in the Czech Republic that our city is 75 percent Czech."
    Czech Radio led newscasts with West most of the day.
    Snokhous told listeners that the blast was "like a bomb." Then he said he lost two nephews.
    It'll take a while. But someday, West will dance again.
     




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