As the dust began to settle from Wednesday night's fertilizer plant explosion in West, and emergency personnel began to sift through rubble in search of the lost, Erath County residents turned their attention to helping those affected in the small town and easing the sorrow of those they have never met.
Local groups, organizations and businesses in Erath County immediately began collecting everything from food, clothing and bottled water to diapers, toys and animal supplies for those living in West.
That effort continues, and now two local business owners are hoping to raise money for the victims by hosting a benefit concert.
V.W. and Cynthia Stephens, owners of City Limits, will host a benefit concert from 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 26.
"We are in the planning stages now," V.W. said Friday. "We should have the musicians lined up by Monday."
Tickets to the concert will not be sold, and instead, attendees will be asked to give whatever they feel comfortable with giving.
"I don't want to put a price tag on it," V.W. said. "I just want people to come out and give what they can. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be given to the Volunteer Fire Department in West."
Many of the dead are believed to be volunteer firefighters and first responders who rushed to the scene to battle a fire that apparently touched off the blast.
City Limits is also serving as a drop-off site for blankets, pillows, food, medical supplies and other items victims may need.
Residents can drop off items all week.
See Tuesday's edition of the E-T for Friday's lineup.