Willie Nelson - Willie Nelson Donates $120,000 To Victims Of Texas Fertiliser Blast
Country star Willie Nelson has donated more than $120,000 (£77,419) to the victims of last month's (Apr13) devastating fertiliser plant explosion in West Texas.
The 17 April blast at West Fertilizer Company claimed the lives of 14 people and left dozens more injured, prompting Nelson, who grew up in nearby Abbot, to host a special fundraiser to provide aid to those affected by the tragedy.
The concert, on 28 April (13), was a major success, and now the singer has handed over $81,900 (£52,839) to the West Volunteer Fire Department officials, who lost seven first responders in the blaze.
West Mayor Stevie Vanek was overwhelmed with gratitude, telling local news network CBS Dallas, "What he (Nelson) has done for us - with our fire department, and our fundraising, it would have taken us 10 years to raise that kind of money."
The On the Road hitmaker has also given $46,551 (£30,033) to bosses at his hometown fire house, which sustained equipment damage as local firefighters battled the blaze.