Wheeler County Wildfire residents Receive Volunteer Aid

Wildfire victims in Wheeler County were given a chance to start over Friday.

Volunteers in Amarillo came together to help load a semi truck with donated furniture and appliances.

Clint Norton, of Casey Carpet One, sent out an email a week ago and asked for donations to take to Wheeler to help the families who lost their homes.  He's been receiving truck loads to the store ever since.

"I just saw there was a need in Wheeler and fortunately Casey Carpet had the mean to help and that's what we did," he said. "It just really hit home and made me want to step up and do something."

Norton has an Aunt and Uncle in Wheeler who were evacuated to Oklahoma.

"As soon as they were evacuated all I wanted to do was help," he said. "I just wanted to do something; I wanted to head up there."

Norton said there are 12 families in Wheeler County who lost everything, three of those were completely uninsured.

The Trimble family and Plains Transportation donated the truck and volunteered to drive it to Wheeler.

They wanted to offer an extra hand however possible.

"[We wanted] to give them hope and faith in their communities and surrounding cities and to help them rebuild their lives [and] everything they lost," said Leigha Trimble.

Once there, victims will sort through the donations and keep whatever they want.  All left-over items will be sold in a town rummage sale.

So far, the group has already raised $7,000; $5,000 from Texas Panhandle Builders Association, $1,000 from David Brown Electric, and the $1,000 from other sources.

Money raised in the sale will be added to the amount the companies have already raised for needy families in the county.

All the money will be dispersed to the residents, who were recently given fully furnished trailer homes for $600.