I'm not good at things like this, and have been struggling to write this for a quite a while. I'm not sure if it's appropriate to this site, since to my knowledge he wasn't a big Ranger fan and this is in no way related to the Rangers, but I strongly felt I needed to get this out there.
Morris Bridges was an employee at my company for over 5 years, and in that time I don't think I ever saw him without a smile. He was one of the most positive people I've ever known, and was extremely well liked and respected. He was also the first one in the fertilizer plant to combat the blaze, and was killed instantly when it exploded. He leaves behind a wife and three children, the youngest of whom is two years old.
His sister was interviewed by the BBC, and tells the story better than I ever could.
Please keep the people of West in your thoughts. The response of material donations has been so incredible that they now have more items than they can sort through, and have requested no more material be sent. However, monetary donations are still sorely needed for the families of the dead and injured. Also, blood donations will be needed in a couple of weeks as the current massive (and very welcome) swell of donations ebbs.
To donate to the Bridges family specifically, you can paypal money to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would prefer to donate to all those affected - a victims’ fund has been set up at Pointwest Bank. Checks can be mailed to the bank at 200 W. Oak, West, 76691 or P.O. Box 279, West, 76691. Call 254-826-5333 for more information.
Brazos Valley Media Giving Back is accepting donations at Bank and Trust locations. Make the check to “BV Media Giving Back” with “West plant explosion” in the memo line.
Mail to or drop off at 2900 S. Texas Ave., Bryan; 3400 Highway 21 East, Bryan; 4450 State Highway 6 South, College Station; or 2305 Texas Ave. South, College Station.