Rise From Tragedy

Texas Rangers invite fans to join in relief efforts for City of West

Texas Rangers invite fans to join in relief efforts for City of West

Texas Rangers outfielder Lance Berkman donates fire truck to City of West
Texas Rangers outfielder Lance Berkman, seen here with Bill McQuatters, battalion chief of Arlington Fire Rescue, is donating a fire truck to the West Volunteer Fire Department. Photo by Kelly Gavin/Texas Rangers

In the months since the deadly ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas, thousands of individuals and organizations have donated time, money and goods to the stricken community.

On Saturday, July 6, the Texas Rangers will hold City of West Night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to show their support. The team is inviting out more than 5,000 residents and first responders from West to take in the game against the Houston Astros.

The city and other entities will be the recipients of multiple donations, most notably a Ford Commercial Pumper Fire Truck. Outfielder Lance Berkman, with an assist from the Arlington Fire Department, is personally donating the truck to the West Volunteer Fire Department.

Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will each make donations — totaling $140,000 — to the relief efforts. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, Academy Sports + Outdoors and Rangers players are all donating money, for a total of $37,000, to the Legacy West Education Foundation for the purchase of youth baseball, softball and other sports equipment.

Additionally, fans are encouraged to bring in gently used baseball and softball equipment to the game to benefit the Legacy West Education Foundation. Donations will be accepted at every entrance of the ballpark prior to the game.