Boxes filled with bottled water, diapers, canned goods and other relief supplies lined the center-field entryway at Rangers Ballpark on Tuesday morning.

Texas Rangers employees, players' wives and former outfielder Kevin Mench loaded a truck with the donations for West, devastated by an explosion at a fertilizer plant last week.

Fans and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation also donated thousands of dollars in gift cards and $40,000 in cash. Mench's wife, Shana, is from the area and still has family there. She is the sister of big-leaguer Scott Podsednik, arguably the town's most famous son.

"It's a close-knit community. Everybody knows everybody down there," Kevin Mench said. "If anybody has driven through there, they've stopped at The Czech Stop for kolaches. ... It's its own little community, but at the same time it's a big part of Texas itself."

Mench said his in-laws were not directly affected by the explosion but certainly felt it, comparing it to a "plane crash."

"They were downtown 20 minutes before that, and the plant isn't too far from downtown," he said. "Everybody there has rallied around and is helping the community get back on its feet."