Members of the Gulf Plains Cowboy Church are asking the Coastal Bend community to pull together in their efforts to aid fellow Texans in need following a week of devastating wildfires in and around the Bastrop area.

Pastor Steve Curnutte said his church is coordinating with fellow cowboy churches, such as Penning for Jesus in Bastrop and Colorado River Cowboy Church in nearby Smithville, to quickly get aid to the first responders and local residents who, in most cases, have lost everything they owned. At Colorado River Cowboy Church Wednesday night, the church was able to take in nearly 100 Bastrop area residents displaced by the fires, Curnutte said.

“Being a cowboy church, we think of the rural people, the country people. The mission though is to help people. There is no difference between those who live in the city and those in the country. God wants us to help them all,” Curnutte said.

Rodney “Pappy” Jackson, a member of Gulf Plains Cowboy Church said that in the Old West, when a man's barn was burning down, people came from all over to help.

“That's what we are trying to do, be good neighbors,” Jackson said.

Church members will be accepting donations for victims of the Bastrop area fires on Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown. Church members are accepting non-perishable food, water, Gatorade, baby wipes, diapers, baby food, toilet paper, paper towels and food for pets and livestock. Collected items will be sent to first responders and families who have lost homes due to the wildfires. Cash donations are also being accepted. The collected items will be transported by trailer to Bastrop on Saturday morning.

The church will also hold a second drive for clothing and household items on Sept. 15-16, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

For more information see September 15th issue of the Nueces County Record Star.