The past few weeks have seen very large, fast-moving wildfires wreak havoc across the US, including Florida, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Particularly hard hit were rural regions in the Texas Panhandle, southern Kansas, and northern Oklahoma along with eastern Colorado. Fires continue to ignite in very dry, windy conditions in these and other areas across the central and southeast U.S.
A New York Times story this week headlined with ranchers calling the fires "our Katrina," in reference to the devastating hurricane of 2005 that impacted multiple states. In addition to fire losses to structures and infrastructures, these recent wildfires have resulted in the deaths of seven people and innumerable livestock deaths and injuries. The heartrending stories remind us that the natural phenomenon of wildfire becomes a true disaster when it destroys not only property but takes lives and livelihoods. What many of the impacted families need now is financial support to replace and repair thousands of miles of fencing and to purchase and deliver hay.
Julie Griffin with the Agribusiness Management Department at Central Tech in Oklahoma includes wildfire safety in her outreach to agricultural businesses and verified the following trustworthy entities where cash donations may be made to support those who need your help to get back on their feet after this devastating loss.
Where to donate:
Kansas - Kansas Livestock Association is organizing hay and fencing material donations for delivery to affected areas in Kansas. To make in-kind donations, call KLA at (785) 273-5115. Cash donations can be made through the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF), KLA's charitable arm, by going to http://www.kla.org/donationform.aspx.
Supply Point 1
202 West Main
Contact: J.R. Spragg
Supply Point 2
301 Ball Park Drive
Contact: Mike Jeffcoat