A big thank you to those who supported the “Roll In The Hay” event at The Cotton Gin in Maxwell, TX, on February 12th. The Haylift to Texas benefit raised money and awareness for the plight of ranchers struggling to feed their livestock after the drought and wildfires this past fall. The event successfully shined the national spotlight on this issue, giving it the widespread exposure it deserves. Even with the recent rain in Central Texas, the situation for these farmers and ranchers remains at a crisis level.
Fundraising efforts to mobilize donations and transport the hay are ongoing and include regular PSA announcements on country radio stations KASE 101 and KVET in Austin. Additional exposure has come through “Speaking of Horses,” a radio show out of Wisconsin hosted by renowned equine expert Wayne Williams. Wayne attended the “Roll In the Hay” benefit and captured interviews of the participants, including World Champion bull rider Scott Mendes. Check out Wayne’s interviews and some of the bull-riding action here [Note: interviews start at about 1:45 minutes].
Please consider supporting Haylift to Texas by making a donation through www.lssdisasterresponse.org.
Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR) continues to help the wildfire victims rebuild their lives, and we recently received a $50,000 donation designated to address the ongoing unmet needs of the most vulnerable families and individuals whose homes were destroyed.