Texomans help those impacted by TX Panhandle wildfires

Texomans help those impacted by TX Panhandle wildfires
(Source:KAUZ)
(Source:KAUZ)

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Texomans are coming together to help those impacted by the deadly Texas Panhandle Wildfires that burned an estimated 400,000 acres.

When a disaster like this strikes, the whole family is affected, even their pets.

That is why Cheryl Miller, the Director of the Humane Society of Wichita County, is doing whatever she can to help.

"We're collecting dog food, cat food, horse feed and cattle feed," said Miller. "Also bottled water for any of the ranchers or firefighters that are down there, and we're hoping to get enough to take a load down there this week."

Miller said she is also able to take T-posts, to make makeshift panels to hold livestock in.

Rilyn Little, 7-years-old, is also hoping to make a difference.

He, his sister and mother brought items to donate to those who need help caring for their pets.

"We're donating dog food and cat food and stuff," said Little. "It's just fun to have animals, and I really wanted to save a bunch of animals."

Something rancher Billy Joe Easter is trying to do too.

Easter said he can relate to what those fire victims are going through.

"It's life-changing for those people, and it will take them a long time to get over it no matter how much help they get," said Easter.

He said loosing cattle like some have, shuts down those rancher's livelihood.

"If the cattle were injured they are going to have to be taken care of, there are going to cost there, and what cattle that are left, they actually have nothing to eat from day one," said Easter.

The Texas Cattle Feeder's Association says more than 5,000 cattle are in immediate need of hay and feed.

Easter said that is why he and his family jumped at the idea to hold an auction, where the proceeds will go towards helping those who need it.

"We're glad to be able to," said Easter. "We know if the shoe was on the other foot that they would do the same thing. We've been helped before, and we're just glad to help.

Many people across the nation are lending a helping hand. Easter said this just shows what kind people are in the agriculture industry today.

The Wichita Livestock Sales Company's auction is at noon on Wednesday, March 15.

You can donate agriculture items and non-Ag items for the auction.

Wichita Livestock Sales Company is located at 4006 Highway 281 in Wichita Falls, 940-541-2222.

Easter said you can also donate money. The fire department is going to take those funds to an animal relief fund in the Texas Panhandle.

If you want to drop off items at the Humane Society of Wichita County you can do so Monday through Saturday between 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m at 4360 Old Iowa Park Road, (940) 855-4941.

The director of the non-profit plans to head up to an Amarillo church on Tuesday to drop off the donations, but hopes to have to make more than one trip.

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