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OA West Texas Disaster Relief Flap

In the wake of many disasters, Order of the Arrow Lodges have issued special flap patches for sale to raise money to help victims and families recover. Following the disaster in West, Texas, that took the lives of so many first responders and severely impacted the community, the local Order of the Arrow Lodge responded with a fundraiser flap patch that features emergency response vehicles. My hat is off to Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge for this.

You can order this special issue patch at https://www.kintera.org/AutoGen/Register/Register.asp?ievent=1072984

The patch description is as follows:

On April 17, 2013, the small, tight-knit Texas town of West suffered a devastating fire and explosion in a nearby fertilizer plant. This explosion left 15 dead, among them 12 firefighters and first responders, and over 200 others injured. It destroyed West Middle School and a two-story apartment building. Over 100 homes were also damaged or destroyed. The town of West, which sits between Fort Worth and Waco, needs our help and, as Arrowmen, we are obligated to aid in the recovery process.

The sale of the Lodge Flap shown above will be used to raise money to help in the recovery of West after this disaster. The Netopalis Sipo Schipinachk Lodge, the lodge in which West lies, will provide one flap for each purchase. The net proceeds will be given to West relief. The flap will be mailed to the address used in the order. Thank you for your contribution towards helping West recover from this disaster.

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