It's hard to imagine over 400 square miles of land in Texas on fire. But that's exactly what's been happening this week.
Many homes and buildings destroyed across the state means many families will be starting over. And there's another group of people that have also made major sacrifices: volunteer fire departments.
We often don't realize how fortunate we are to have our volunteer fire departments. Most of these rural fires are being fought by that group, and oftentimes smaller communities can't even employ firefighters and have to rely solely on the volunteers.
This week in Garza and Crosby counties alone, dozens of volunteer firefighters had to leave their real jobs and families, work around the clock in poor conditions, and do all of it without pay.
If you know one of these volunteers in your community, reach out to them, thank them for what they do. Better yet, open your pocketbook and make a donation to keep them going. Find out where to give in your community and please consider a gift.
The threat of raging wildfires in Texas is greater than ever, so now, more than ever, West Texas needs these men and women. You never know when it may be your land or home they will be working to save.
Help your volunteer fire departments. They are here for us, let's be there for them.
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