• Katherine Pinotti, Precinct 3 commissioner, is accepting monetary donations for the fire departments in her precinct: North Cherokee, Lake Palestine East, Jacksonville and Bullard. Her office is located at 7500 U.S Highway 79 West.
• Residents can donate while buying groceries at any Brookshire Brothers. Donations in increments of $5 can be rung up, and residents can designate whether they want their donations to go toward the area in most need, their county or a specific fire department.
• The fire department, 103 South Bonner St., is accepting donations for their department and acting as a distribution point for the smaller volunteer departments in the area, many of which do not have a full time staff. Fire Chief Paul White said they are putting money in envelopes and writing who the money belongs to on them. The Jacksonville department has staff working 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• The Jacksonville Daily Progress, 525 East Commerce St., is collecting water, Gatorade, protein and other snacks, hand wipes and lip balm.
The Rusk Fire Department, 406 North Main St., has someone on staff at the station 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are taking donations for themselves and smaller volunteer fire departments. Residents wishing to donate to a certain fire department can put the donation in an envelope and designate which department it goes to.
Donations can be brought to the fire department, 402 San Antonio Road. If the door is locked, they can be brought to city hall, 404 San Antonio Road, which is open Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
City hall, 13280 Highway 110 North, will be taking donations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 116 Wells, TX 75976. Donations of other items can be brought to city hall, 293 Rusk Ave., Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.