Update on East Texas Wildfires
The Rev. Patsy Barham, priest in charge at St. Matthew’s, Henderson, reported that the church is receiving donations for firefighters fighting wildfires in the East Texas area. Parishioners are delivering supplies to two locations in nearby Overton and Carlisle.
“Water, food and hot meals seem to be under control at both locations,” Barham said.
“The real need is fuel for volunteer fire fighters who are using their personal vehicles,” she said, explaining that the area’s small voluntary fire departments experienced previous budget cuts and their available funds are exhausted due to the the impact of current wild fires. St. Matthew’s has donated $500 for gasoline so far and will provide meals for 50 volunteers on Saturday.
Rusk County evacuees are being housed at the Expo Center and the Civic Center in Henderson. While some have lost homes, further evaluation continues as the fires are extinguished. “One is out but a new one has started,” Barham said.
They need funds for gasoline, saline solution, baby wipes and new tube socks for firefighters. Donations can be dropped off at the church, 214 College Street, Henderson, 75654.