Cul­ver's Span­ish Fork feeds Pole Creek fire crew

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Me­gan Wall­gren

On Fri­day, Septem­ber 18, Cul­ver's Span­ish Fork posted a sim­ple mes­sage on so­cial me­dia for the Pole Creek and Bald Moun­tain fire crews. It read, "Cul­ver's of Span­ish Fork ap­pre­ci­ates and sup­ports our fire­fight­ers' hard work and brav­ery. We want to of­fer free lunch to­day to our brave fire­fight­ers. Thank you for all you do."

Though ini­tially there was no re­sponse, Cul­ver's owner Monty Hedin said the mes­sage was shared around

When the Utah fires struck this sum­mer, Ni­cole Boothe knew she wanted to do some­thing to help but didn’t know what. Then she had an idea, she’d of­fer her prop­erty as a sanc­tu­ary for an­i­mals in harm’s way.

Boothe lives on a one-acre lot in Span­ish Fork. Along with her young chil­dren, she cares for 3 goats, 18 chick­ens, 2 tur­keys, 5 ducks and 3 dogs.

When the fires started, she of­fered her ex­tra space on the Span­ish Fork Com­mu­nity News Face­book Page. Soon af­ter, fam­i­lies started bring­ing her all of their farm an­i­mals that they were un­able to take with them in the evac­u­a­tions. Her al­ready full home quickly be­came even more crowded.

She re­ceived 14 goats, 20 chick­ens and 2 ducks, bring­ing the grand to­tal to 64; and Ni­cole Boothe couldn’t be hap­pier.

“I have al­ways been an an­i­mal lover since I was lit­tle. I dreamed about hav­ing a sanc­tu­ary some­day.”

While to some the mas­sive on­slaught of an­i­mals might seem over­whelm­ing, Booth hasn’t reached her max yet. “It doesn’t feel like a chore to me, it’s just some­thing I like to do,” said Boothe.

She be­lieves she is ca­pa­ble of han­dling even more goats and chick­ens. Un­for­tu­nately, her acre isn’t equipped to han­dle larger an­i­mals like horses or cows. Though she does hope to some­day have these an­i­mals in­cluded in the mix.

The an­i­mals all come from strangers, and are wel­come to stay as long as they need. In fact, she wouldn’t mind if they just all stayed for­ever.

Boothe is pass­ing along her love of an­i­mals to her fam­ily as well. While her youngest child is only two and a half, she loves to par­tic­i­pate in the farm. Of­ten the an­i­mals are the first thing she talks about in the morn­ing.

This busy mom also works as a graphic de­signer for an­other an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary that mostly res­cues dogs and cats. How­ever, hav­ing these an­i­mals on her prop­erty doesn’t crowd out her al­ready busy sched­ule.

In fact, ac­cord­ing to Booth, “it’s like ther­apy to me. I’m re­ally happy they’re there.”

The Utah com­mu­nity is one of strength and sup­port. In­di­vid­u­als like Boothe are mak­ing this tragedy a lit­tle bit easier for our state. In fact, ear­lier in Septem­ber, the Red Cross asked peo­ple to stop do­nat­ing and of­fer­ing help. Ev­ery­one was ac­counted for and had their needs met.

In the words of Lieu­tenant Gover­nor Spencer Cox, “Well done Utah. Well done.”

L to R: Aspen Wil­son, Monty Hedin and Brook­lyn El­lis.

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