LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Farmers, ranchers and students across the state are banding together to help in the aftermath of the Nebraska wildfires.
This week, Future Farmers of America chapters in and around York County began collecting supplies for those affected by the wildfires.
FFA Centennial, York, McCool-Junction, Heartland and Cross County chapters are donating supplies to help farmers and ranchers care for their land and animals.
“As we were organizing this to put this together to help the victims affected by the fires, we reflected on the floods that happened several years ago and how much a community and a family felt when the people we have done I don’t know helped us,” said Centennial FFA counselor Holly Podliska.
Podliska came up with the idea for local FFA chapters to collect supplies. Chapters collect hay, fencing materials, livestock feed and more.
“We heard the fires were spreading and decided to respond,” said York FFA student Tori Stanton. “Just in the last two days it started and it went really well. We have already harvested hay and are accepting donations.
Donations can be dropped off at any of the participating secondary schools or at Tractor Supply, Orscheln’s and Nutrition Services stores in York.
FFA chapters have said stores will offer discounts for items purchased for donations. Chapters also accept monetary donations.
“I think it just shows what it’s like to be in Nebraska no matter what, no matter how awful,” said McCool-Junction FFA student Zarina Flaherty. “Everyone is there to lend a hand from everywhere. I am very grateful that our chapters and our county can be part of it to help them.
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