Residents of Burleson are being asked to open their hearts — and their pocketbooks — to help the people of West recover from the fertilizer plant explosion on April 17 that demolished a large portion of the small town and left the close-knit community reeling.
The iWash&Go car wash on Texas 174 is pledging a portion of its sales on Saturday to West relief efforts, and a Christian music concert is set for May 11 in Burleson to raise money for the town.
Wash for West
Nadine Jabal with iWash&Go, located at 2475 S.W. Wilshire Boulevard, said that for every car washed at the facility on Saturday, iWash&Go will donate $1.50 to the city of West.
The special donation begins at 7 a.m. and lasts all day, Jabal said.
Car washes at iWash&Go range from $3 to $15.
As the news of the devastation in West continued to pour in the days following the explosion, the Rev. Jonathan Leonard, pastor of St. Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burleson felt that God was calling him and his church to respond to the needs of their neighbors just down Interstate 35. From that call was born the West, Texas Benefit Concert, set for 6:45 p.m. May 11 at Venue 510, 510 S.W. Wilshire Blvd.
The concert, featuring Christian music artists Shane & Shane, is free, but those attending must have a ticket for admission, and donations to be used in rebuilding West will be accepted. Tickets are available at www.510.org. Some area churches will have tickets available over the weekend, too.
Andrew Dolan, worship leader at St. Matthew Cumberland will open for Shane and Shane, and the Rev. Phil Imicke, associate pastor of First Baptist Church in West, will speak during the intermission.
Leonard said Wednesday that he only recently moved to Burleson from New Jersey, coming to Texas to take the job of pastor at St. Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian. His church in New Jersey, he said, hosted a couple of concerts to benefit international mission projects, including one concert a couple of years ago to raise money for an organization in Thailand that works to rescue young women from slavery in the sex trade.