Texas Strong: How to keep supporting Uvalde

By Brittany Anderson

From book drives and handmade quilts to activity totes and therapeutic care bags, Texans have felt called to help out their Uvalde neighbors in any way they can following the Robb Elementary School tragedy on May 24. 

Many Hays County groups and individuals have been part of those who have raised money or collected and delivered items to Uvalde. No matter how close or far you are, there are a multitude of ways to keep helping the Uvalde community directly. 

Uvalde’s Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center (BCAC)/Tri-County CASA team has been directly involved in the efforts to heal their community, and have helped hundreds of residents over the last several weeks. 

Items that are needed by BCAC include family emergency assistance items (gift cards for gas, food and clothing), personal hygiene items (diapers and wipes, individual toothbrushes and toothpaste, full-size deodorant and hairbrushes), hospitality items (individually packaged small snacks, bottled water, coloring books and markers/crayons) and general facility needs (disinfectant wipes, liquid hand soap, floor cleaner and toilet paper). 

A full list of items that the center needs can be found on their website at www.bcactx.org/wish-list. 

Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home in Uvalde has assisted with funeral services for the victims at no cost. Items that have been donated to help both families and funeral staff include water, snacks, coffee cups, cleaner (Clorox, Pine Sol, Fabuloso), disinfectant wipes, air freshener, Kleenex, toilet paper, trash bags and flowers. 

More information on how to donate monetarily can be found at www.hillcrestmemorialfuneralhome.com/payments-and-donations. 

First Bank of Uvalde has also opened up accounts for the families of the victims, so any money donated goes directly to them. Donations can be made using the Zelle app to robbschoolmemorialfund@gmail.com, using Robb as the first name and School as the last name. 

Monetary donations can also be dropped off at any of their branch locations (in Camp Wood, Carrizo Springs, Concan, Sabinal or Utopia) or mailed to PO Box 1908, Uvalde, TX 78802. Checks should be made payable to Robb School Memorial Fund. Call (830) 356-2773 with any questions. 

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Brittany Anderson graduated from Texas State University in August 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She previously worked at KTSW 89.9, Texas State University's radio station, for nearly two years in the web content department as a writer and assistant manager. She has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch since July 2021.

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