Possum Kingdom Wildfires

I decided to spend Friday helping out displaced and evacutated residents from the Possum Kingdom (PK),TX wild fires. Many evacuated residents and out of town firefighters are staying in Mineral Wells. I decided to drive to Mineral Wells to bring clothes/supplies and to offer any kind of help.

Helping Hand - Mineral Wells, TX

The first stop was the Helping Hand on 115 SW Third St. to drop off used clothes. The Helping Hand Operations had few workers and were very friendly. Kenneth Branch informed that I could provide help at old David”s Supermarket in Brazos Mall at 2801 Highway 180 E. So off I went.

The second stop at old David”s Supermarket had more people and action. Food and non-perishable items were being collected and sorted. Jim Rhodes was coordinating the efforts. There was much chaos and confusion of when and how the donations would be distributed to the evacuees and firefighters. I offered to buy poster board, dry white-board, sharpies, and tape to help with organization. Off to Wal-Mart I went. Target brought in a trailer just as I was leaving with supplies continuously flowing in from all over. The experience humbled me. People come together during tough times.

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FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS ONLY may be sent to the following address:

Possum Kingdom Firefighters Relief Fund

Graham Savings and Loan

PO Box 1490

Graham, TX 76450

For more info. please go to these links.

http://www.ponderapk.com/PK-April-2011-Fires2.php

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2172/

Once the evacuation is lifted, I plan on visiting and will have more photos of the area. If you have anything related to the PK fires that you would like published, please contact me.

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  1. M Thomas says:

    I hope things turn out well for the people forced to evacuate due to the PK fires. But as “moneyed and well-connected clientele” (NY Times, 4/25/11, A17), please consider the following:
    – instead of asking for donations, why not PAY for your firefighters like many communities do to take care of themselves?
    – there are many communities who face tragedies but don’t have the connections you do; while it’s important to practice self-responsibility, please consider helping those less fortunate with your clout during times of a disaster
    – remember that a resource you obtain for your well-heeled community is one less for someone else…probably a community without $6M homes…before you take something, please consider this
    Thank you, and best wishes for a safe and speedy recovery.

    • Thanks for the comments. I live 2 hours away from PK and drove out last week with the intention to help out and to get live updates near the ground. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ll do the best to answer your questions. If there is anyone else from PK, please add to the discussion.

      PK has a population of less than 3,000 people, paying for a full time fire department would not be cost effective and therefore they depend on volunteer firefighters.

      I wasn’t aware of the population demographics for PK, until my visit last week. I’m not sure how the demographics are split, yes, there is a segment of individuals with higher income however there is also a segment from the lower to middle class with little influence that really need the help.

      I hope this answers your questions and comments. I do plan on making a visit to the area soon and will follow up in a future post. If there is anything that you would like me to ask the community please let me know and I’ll do my best to get it answered.

      I will keep in mind your suggestions they are highly valued and your comments are appreciated, please keep them coming.

      Nixon

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