CHICAGO -- The Rangers have set up several relief efforts to aid the victims of the devastating explosion and fires that took place in West, Texas, on Wednesday.
During this weekend's series with the Mariners at the Ballpark in Arlington, fans may donate essential items for the victims and residents of West. Items will be collected outside the ballpark gates from two hours before the game until 30 minutes after first pitch.
The following items are most requested: diapers/wipes, new underwear, blankets, water bottles, gift cards for grocery stores or home supply stores, toiletries, sports drinks or powdered sports drinks, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, non-perishable food items, clothing of all sizes, bedding, dog and cat food. Cash donations will also be accepted and will be directed to relief efforts.
Game times for the Rangers-Mariners series are Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. CT and Sunday at 2:05 p.m. The items will be delivered to the citizens of West next week.
In addition, the Rangers will team up with the Carter BloodCare to hold a Blood Drive on Sunday. The Blood Drive will take place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. Fans can enter the Blood Drive through the Hall of Fame entrance located on the concourse behind the Lower Home Run Porch.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.