STATEWIDE — Amid tragedy, the hardest thing to do is sit back as the heartbreaking updates continue to roll in. Like you, we want to help. If you're curious as to how, here are a few ways.
Head to H-E-B or visit H-E-B.com
Texas’ favorite grocery store is stepping up to the plate to help those in need in Sutherland Springs.
San Antonio-based grocer H-E-B says it’s donating $150,000 and has launched a statewide check donation campaign that allows customers to donate at any checkout station.
The money will be distributed to the victims, in coordination with the church.
“H-E-B is committed to providing assistance during times of crisis. Our hearts reach out to all at this tragic, painful time,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B group vice president of public affairs, diversity and environmental affairs. “It is our hope that H-E-B’s donations, along with our loyal customers’ support, will help our neighbors in Sutherland Springs. This is a difficult situation for many as they grieve and face unimaginable loss.”
Additionally, the company said, the stores in Floresville and La Vernia are providing food and supplies to community support centers and local schools.
H-E-B has also launched a Donations page on its website, which can be found at heb.com/donate. Monetary donations can be made from $1 to $100.
First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs website
Much like other Baptist churches, the one in Sutherland Springs survives through monetary donations and church members' offerings. A donation on their site can help the church, pastor, and staff pay monthly bills to remain open. Look for the yellow "donate" button.
Local banks accepting donations
Audrey Louis, the Wilson County District Attorney, said at a news conference Monday that two bank accounts are currently being set up to accept donations for the families of the victims. Those bank accounts will be through the Sutherland Springs Community Association with Commerce Bank in Stockdale, Texas, and Wells Fargo Bank.
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is asking for anyone who has O-positive or O-negative blood types to donate. Visit southtexasblood.org for information on how to donate.
Victims' GoFundMe Accounts*
GoFundMe has created a page that lists each campaign for the families of the victims so far raising more than $400,000.
*Gofundme.com is not managed by Spectrum News. For more information on how the site works and the rules, visit gofundme.com/safety.