Wildfires, Volunteers, and Love, Oh my!

 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

― Fred Rogers

 

Welcome to Blog Post #1!

I’ll save the “Get to Know Me” for next time…  Today I have to tell you about the excitement we had this past week.

Have you ever had an experience that touched you all the way down to your soul?

Farmer took part in an amazing group effort this last week. Taking supplies out west to the fire relief areas.

But it wasn’t just him!  It was over 55 other trucks, volunteers that donated hay, fencing supplies, fuel, and business that gave cash towards all those things.
It was the grandma’s who babysat so people could go, the volunteers who researched trucking regulations and contacted state representatives to cut through red tape.  It was the wives who packed snacks and kissed husbands goodbye.
Honestly, it was the heart of the American farmer and small town rural communities who saw a need and stepped up to the plate.

It’s what makes my Farmer special and others like him. They answer the call with prayers, time, money, and a servant’s heart.

Farmer and his buddies in 2 other trucks were dispatched to a ranch in Colorado. When Farmer expressed his sympathy to the rancher he was more worried about what the fire did to the land and cattle than his bottom line.

What is special is that amazing community support. There were several farmers who were interviewed on this trip, when asked “Why make the trip?” the answers were all similar:

“Why Not”~ Andy Jahn
“It’s what we’re supposed to do in this country” ~ Justin Wenthe
“It seems like a farmer is your neighbor no matter how far away they live”~ Frank Szymanski

***As I was posting this Farmer came in and asked if I would go with him to make another run to deliver supplies this weekend! So stay tuned folks.  Adventure Awaits!

For more information and to see what volunteers have done from all over the country click here:

http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/community/2017/03/26/dozens-semi-trucks-roll-out-help-wildfire-victims/99521124/

http://www.sanilacbroadcasting.com/2017/03/20/ranchers-from-wildfire-ravaged-southern-states-receive-help-from-michigan-convoys/

http://www.abc12.com/content/news/Caravan-of-local-farmers-driving-supplies-to-wildfire-ravaged-states-416486973.html

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