Effort begun to help Southern Plains farmers
I am writing this letter to inform our community of an effort that many of us in Southern Maryland are working on. As many people may, or may not know, back in early March the Southern Plains were devastated by several wild fires. The states of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Kansas saw millions of acres burn, tens of thousands of livestock killed, hundreds of homes destroyed, and seven people killed because of these wild fires. A majority of the people largely affected by the devastation were farmers and ranchers. Many of these people have lost ever ything they own.
I have seen the stories of miles of fence line destroyed, homes burned, buildings no longer in existence, cattle being burned beyond recognition, and even the loss of human life. I have watched the interviews with these people. My heart goes out to them, and I mourn for them.
But we are doing something about it. A little over a month ago, farmers from all over Southern Maryland got together and came up with a plan. We decided that we are going to raise money to help our agricultural brethren in the Southern Plains. We will be holding a benefit auction Saturday, May 6, at the Charles County Fairgrounds.
One hundred percent of all proceeds raised that night will go directly to Clark County, Kan. Clark county is a county in southwest Kansas that was 85 percent burned during these wild fires. Being primarily an agriculture community, most of the people affected in Clark County are farmers and ranchers. Some 500,000 acres in this county alone were destroyed, thousands of cattle and other livestock were killed, miles of fence line and twenty five homes were destroyed, just to name a few things that were destroyed.
It is our hope to raise a tremendous amount of money for this community. We have a huge selection of items to bid on. We have concert tickets, wine tastings, bushels of crabs, fishing trips, quilts, local meats, and much more! This is being put on by farmers from all over the Southern Maryland region, and again 100 percent of all the money raised that night will go directly to Clark County, Kan.
We would love to have you join us May 6 at 5 p.m. at the Charles County Fairgrounds. It will be a wonderful experience. Thank you all.
David Hancock, Bel Alton The writer is the president of the Charles County Farm Bureau.