Rangers Help Town of West, TX

The loading of essential items collected this past weekend from Rangers fans for the victims and residents of West, Texas, took place today at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Former Rangers outfielder Kevin Mench, who has relatives from West, joined with Rangers employees and wives of Rangers players in assisting with the loading effort.

Texas Rangers fans demonstrated overwhelming generosity for the team's relief initiatives for the devastating explosion and fires in West, Texas last week.

During the three-game weekend series with Seattle, the Rangers collected tens of thousands of essential items for the West victims and residents that filled two large meeting areas at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as well as thousands of dollars in gift cards. In addition, some $40,000 in cash donations will go to the citizens of West from Texas Rangers fans and employees and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

The Fox Sports Southwest Fan Express accompanied the equipment truck to West, where the items were delivered this afternoon.

Mench spoke about the outpouring of support for West.

"If you're from Texas, you've heard of West, driving down 35. So it's not something that's going to be forgotten about," Mench said. "They're a close-knit community. They don't need the spotlight, but at the same time they contribute the best they can to the state. People always talk about the Kolaches and everything else coming through there.

"They need time just to regroup and recover from all this, and just get back on their feet."