WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Tornado victims living in the rural areas of Williamson County now have a new source of financial help to tap into while they recover from the damage.
The Williamson County Farm Bureau announced Monday it set up a relief fund specifically for rural residents impacted by the March 21 tornadoes. The bureau’s board already set aside $25,000 to start the fund, and it’s now encouraging others to give donations if they’d like to help storm victims.
Bob Avant, the Williamson County Farm Bureau president, said he estimates there are about 100 families living in the rural areas who lost their homes, storage buildings, livestock and farming equipment during the storms. They can now apply to receive relief funds to cover things that their insurance won’t.
“There are deep emotional things that you face in a situation like this, that money cannot really take care of,” Avant said, “but at least we can do a little bit to take care of some of the financial stresses that people will be be facing.”
For residents seeking financial assistance from the relief fund, applications can be picked up starting Monday from the Williamson County Farm Bureau office, located at 2301 N. Main Street in Taylor. Applications must be submitted by May 31. If anyone has specific questions about the application process, contact Susan Pick with Williamson County Farm Bureau at 512-365-5212.
To donate to the relief fund, checks can be made to Texas Farm Bureau Agriculture Research and Education Foundation with “Williamson County Rural Relief Fund” written in the memo line.
Contributions can be sent directly to the following address:
Texas Farm Bureau Agriculture Research and Education Foundation
Williamson County Rural Relief Fund
P.O. Box 2689
Waco, TX 76702-2689
Attn: Chris Daughtery
People can also drop off checks directly at the farm bureau office in Taylor.
A temporary board of five members will review the applications and decide by June 30 who will receive the money. The board members include Avant, attorney Scott Heselmeyer, Granger Police Chief Marc Gray, veterinarian Nathan Carlton and Laura Rinderknecht with Williamson County Equipment.
The Farm Bureau credits Williamson County Commissioner Russ Boles for bringing forward the idea of creating the relief fund.