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In the seven days since the massive explosion rocked and devastated a large portion of the city of West,Texas, caring individuals and groups from around the state and across the country have opened their hearts to provide essential goods, services and financial support. SPJST officials met with the presidents of West area SPJST lodges on Monday to begin the process of assessing the role that the greater Society will play in contributing to the stabilization and rebuilding efforts in the community.
The overwhelming response of those closest to the disaster is that prayers, compassion, and financial assistance are most needed. SPJST expresses thanks to everyone who gave early and generously to the West Benevolence Fund. Paypal began logging gifts on the morning after the disaster. On Monday, the first checks directed to the recovery effort began to arrive in the mail. Local lodge leadership will be directing the dispersal of funds collected.
Moving forward, efforts will be coordinated by West-area lodge presidents working with West city officials and the SPJST Home Office to identify opportunities for members and other caring individuals and groups seeking to join hands to provide physical assistance in what looks to be a prolonged rebuilding effort. That information will be posted on the SPJST Facebook page, SPJST website, and in the Vestnik as it becomes available.
The road to recovery for the residents of West is long and has only just begun. Your help will be greatly appreciated. May we continue to keep the community of West and especially those who suffered loss in our thoughts and in our prayers.
Special thanks to each and everyone who has donated to the West Benevolence Fund. To donate, please click here.
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SPJST proudly serves Texas families with life insurance products and fraternal activities. SPJST was founded July 1, 1897, in La Grange, Texas, by early Czechoslovakian pioneers as a fraternal benefit society to ensure the financial security of its members. SPJST stands for Slovanska Podporujici Jednota Statu Texas, or Slavonic Benevolent Order of the State of Texas.
Czech heritage is proudly promoted, but SPJST membership is open to everyone. You become a member simply by purchasing life insurance. Through a wide range of life insurance and annuity plans, SPJST offers its members the peace of mind that comes with financial security.
SPJST is fraternalism for all ages! SPJST has local lodges all across Texas. The members in these lodges sponsor a wide range of family-oriented activities and community service projects. Family activities may include musical and dance groups, dances, picnics, games, contests, tournaments, summer camps, and youth activities. Lodge members also participate in community service projects and food drives, contribute lodge funds, and assist hospitals, nursing homes, police and fire departments.
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