Several ways to lend a helping hand

This mobile home park just off County Road 176 north of Stephenville was perhaps one of the most severely stricken by the Tuesday morning storms. || photos by RUSSELL HUFFMAN

Let us know if you have other ways volunteers can help those suffering from storm damage!


STEPHENVILLE (March 8, 2016 || UPDATED March 10, 2016) — A number of local residents have been displaced due to the severe storms that tore through Erath County Tuesday morning, destroying some mobile homes and causing severe damage to many other homes and businesses.

Many area residents have been asking on social media how they can offer a lending hand, and The Flash has checked into a number of ways. The following list will be updated as we learn more:

Foster’s Home for Children – A work day was scheduled for volunteers. The Foster’s home will post details about what is needed on their website here.

Bottled Water other goods for first responders/those displaced – The Erath County Sheriff’s Office is telling those interested in donating bottled water or other needed items for those displaced by the storms to take their donations by local fire stations so they can be distributed efficiently as needed.

Cleanup help at mobile home park off CR 176 – A mobile home park off County Road 176 north of Stephenville saw multiple homes destroyed and a great deal of other severe damage.The residents of the Smith Springs Mobile Home Park could use some help cleaning up all the debris (insulation, glass, shingles, etc.) in their yards, fields and fence lines. Bring gloves and trash bags! Smith Springs Mobile Home Park is located on CR 176 (Cheese Plant Road) near the 90 degree turn. Once in mobile home park, turn right on PR 1622. You will see the volunteer table set up in the pasture. Call Marie MacDonald at (254) 413-9456 for more details.

Cleanup help at mobile home park Lillian Street – Management is asking for anyone willing to help. There is large debris such as metal, tree limbs and more that they can not move by themselves. For more on this including updates from the property manager, visit the Erath County Breaking News Facebook Group here.

Help with Immediate Needs: The Senior Citizens Center is currently open for any residents needing a place to stay, a warm meal to eat, a spot to charge your phone, etc. The American Red Cross will be at the Senior Center with funds available to assist displaced residents with immediate needs of housing, clothing, medications, etc. Call (254) 918-1288 with questions.

Brush Drop Off: The City will be accepting debris from the storms at the City Park from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. now through Saturday and 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Sunday, in the parking lot and soccer field through the South entrance of the City Park, past Splashville. The community may drop off trees, limbs and brush. No building materials or other trash will be accepted. Call SPARD (254) 918-1295 with questions.

Tarleton State University: If you know of a student displaced and in need of assistance with housing or personal items, please have them contact the Control Center at (254) 968-9265. As of this morning, Tarleton officials had a list of 28 displaced students, but the list will likely grow as students return from Spring Break. Tarleton will address these needs with current on-campus housing and will assist students with textbooks and class-related items as well as food and necessities through the Tarleton Food Bank. Tarleton officials are working to determine the specific needs of students affected by the storm damage and will then release a list of items needed and donation drop off locations.

Donations? The best place to take donations is to any of our local non-profits that are already set up to handle and organize donated items with staff and volunteers that will be here long after the storm clean-up to continue assisting community members in need. Call these places before you go so they know you’re coming!

H.O.P.E. Inc. – 1617 E. Washington, (254) 965-2700

Grace Place – 365 W. Tarleton St. (254) 965-4022

Basic Needs Ministry – 313 Belknap St. (254) 965-4510

The Pantry & More – (254) 592-9696

Barefoot Athletics Also Accepting Donations: Not a non-profit, but the Stephenville based apparel company is accepting donations for those in need at their new office and warehouse building at 189 & 184 Reta Street, behind CVS Pharmacy. They are open from 8-5 each weekday, and donation bins are located inside the front doors.



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