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Texas Nationalists issue call for relief supplies for fire victims, firefighters

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BASTROP -- Volunteers with the Texas Nationalist Movement are trying to help coordinate relief supplies for evacuees and firefighters from the Bastrop County Complex Fire in central Texas.

Travis LaGarce, one of the organization's new Lone Star Coordinators, is heading up the effort in Smithville and Bastrop, the two towns hardest-hit by the raging wildfires which have consumed more than 25,000 acres and 400 homes since Sunday.

LaGarce said the Smithville Recreation Center is serving as one evacuation point and is accepting donations of bedding, pillows, cots, sleeping bags and personal-care kits. Food is the most urgent need at the Smithville Fire Dept., which is serving as the headquarters for firefighters throughout the region.

"Especially at the fire department, they need food like fruit, as well as chap-stick and they even told me (industrial-grade) goggles," LaGarce said. "The rec center said they have enough food until noon (Tuesday), so canned goods and other food would be very welcome."

If you can get any of it to the area, Travis can meet you and haul it in. His number is 936-444-6655 or you can email firerelief@texasnationalist.com.

TNM members are also organizing volunteers in San Antonio with firefighting experience, and are also looking for volunteers with industrial equipment such as bulldozers who can help cut trenches in an effort to control the inferno.

TNM president Daniel Miller said Monday that while the Bastrop County Complex Fire is the focus of this specific effort because of the extent of the damage, members across the state are being asked to step forward and help in their areas as well.

"The Texas Nationalist Movement is receiving requests for assistance from all over Texas and it's time for Texas Nationalists to answer the call to serve," Miller said. "Fire Fighters are spread very thin all over Texas. In some locations small volunteer fire departments are being forced to deal with five simultaneous fires. In other locations all departments in the region are responding to fires that are nearly 20,000 acres with 0% containment. They need help.

"They are asking for donations of lip balm, cases of water, cases of sports drink, hand towels, wipes, white t-shirts and small snack foods. TNM is collecting these items at all local meetings this week as well as the main office in Nederland. We will be setting up additional collection points and times as they become available."

People may also make monetary donations on-line at (http://www.texasnationalist.com/index.php/donate/tnm-fire-relief). One hundred percent of the proceeds collected online will be used to purchase the above listed items until the fires are out and the remainder will be used for direct relief to families that have lost everything in the fires.

"When this has passed we will be collecting clothing and other supplies to help these families rebuild their lives," Milelr said. "Let's show the world that Texans take care of Texans."

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