Posted: Thu April 18, 2013 4:00PM; Updated: Thu April 18, 2013 4:00PM

Rangers will take donations for victims of plant explosion at ballpark

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers are getting involved in efforts to help in the aftermath of a fertilizer plant explosion.

Rangers officials say donations of essential items for the victims and residents of West will be accepted before each of game of their series against Seattle, from Friday through Sunday. There will also be a blood drive at the stadium Sunday.

The town of West is less than 90 miles south of Rangers Ballpark.

Among the most requested items are diapers, water bottles, gift cards for grocery stores or home supply stores, toilet paper, non-perishable food items and clothing. Cash donations will also be accepted for relief efforts.

The team is also sending its new Sportservice Food Truck to West on Friday to make donations of food and water to residents.

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