In Kansas, we know the Gardiner family, that lost over 500 hd alone and 80% of their land was burned. We have attended their Bull sale in years past and the ranch has purchased bulls from them. They lost their home as well, but thankfully, no lives were lost. We know John Erickson, of Hank the Cowdog fame, and he lost his home as well when the fire burned his ranch.
7 people have lost their lives in these fires. In Texas, 3 young people, 2 of whom our daughter knew, gave their lives while trying to rescue stock.
Our girl read this online and it is said so well that I just had to share:
Tera Rooney Barnhardt said it best:
Thankfully, the fires have now been contained, thanks to the brave men and women who put their lives at stake to do so. The agricultural community is coming together in droves and donating hay and feed and water and supplies and auctioning off chaps and saddles and tack in order to raise money for those affected.
We wanted to help in some small way so our girl set us up to auction off this scrap quilt I made using western fabrics, a few years ago.
Originally I called it Back Roads, but I made a new label for the auction and now it is called "Panhandle Proud". People have coined that phrase and are selling t-shirts as a fund raiser so I made this label:
We wanted to include a scripture, but we couldn't decide which one so I turned to my dear friend and fellow ranch wife, M, and she texted me Psalm 46:1. So thank you, M. You have chosen the perfect one.
All proceeds are going to the WRCA Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund. Here's the link to the auction post on FB if you would care to share it on your timeline.
I've had some inquiries as to how to donate so I've edited this post to add this link to an article that includes ways that donations are being accepted if you so choose. Thank you for your prayers and generosity.
WRCA Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund
In devastating circumstances, people come together, and not just in agriculture. We see it every time there is a need, but I will say that it warms your heart to see people drop everything and do what they can and many of you do that every day in your daily lives, many of you from behind your sewing machines, as you sew for charities and organizations and loved ones. When the world spins out of control, it's good to know that others are showing up, picking up the pieces, standing in the gap, praying without ceasing, thankful that God is in control.