Empty church fills needy hands in Fritch

The Hutchinson County wild fires are still taking their toll on the Panhandle today. Evacuees are unable to return to their homes, or what's left of them, until the fire is 100% contained.

In response to their need the Texas Panhandle Chapter of the Red Cross & the Salvation Army have stepped up to provide basic needs of food, water and shelter. However, one Fritch family is working hard to make sure their clothing and toiletry needs are met, too.

Samantha Riggle was given access to an empty church in Fritch located on 200 S. Vaughn which is now filled with countless clothes, shoes of all sizes, and canned goods and it all happened in 12 hours.

Riggle said, "yesterday I put a status on FaceBook asking people to bring people donations, whatever they could, to 200 S. Vaughn and within 30 minutes I got my first bag of clothes, it was insane."

Riggle is not asking for payment, only that people take what they need and donate what they can.

Officials with the Salvation Army and the Texas Panhandle of the American Red Cross chapter say for now mon


tary donations are easiest in order to help those in need at a quick pace. They say their volunteers are


at work in the area cooking and handing out aid and are unable to go through donations at this time.