Gifts for the Nations helps western Kansas farmers deliver hay | News

In late December, Debbie Cramer, founder of Gifts for the Nations in Mound Valley, called on area residents to help western Kansas farmers who have lost livestock, hay and feed, outbuildings and homes in the wildfires that swept through Sheridan, Trego, Ellis, Russell, Osborne and Rooks counties the previous week.

Hearing about a particularly fire-ravaged community called Paradise, Cramer asked for local hay bale donations or monetary donations to buy hay bales to deliver to farmers and ranchers whose livestock survived, but whose hay and feed stores were destroyed.

On Tuesday morning, she watched the large round bales of hay containing gamagrass being loaded with a tractor onto a flatbed semi-trailer on Bryan Hucke’s farm, where the bales were stored.

“Thirty-one bonds will go. I waited patiently for months for it to work,” Cramer said. “At first I knew there would be plenty of hay and relief, but as time went on it diminished and they had to clear after spring to get new hay. I hid it and waited.

“We just waited to hear from Paradise whether they were ready for hay or not, and they were ready.”

Cramer said they don’t want to go up with a load, unload it, and then others have to load it up and take it where it’s needed.

“At the moment we know the places where they really need it,” Cramer said, explaining that’s where the bullets will be delivered directly.

Cramer said one of the group she worked with in Paradise knew a young man who would volunteer his time to drive across the state, pick up the load and deliver it.

“Through donations, we got the cost to pay for fuel and buy hay,” Cramer said, and she introduced truck driver Clint McReynolds of Clearwater.

“My mate Tanner Lyle called me and he was like, ‘You already loaded a load of hay for me, will you make another one?’ Tanner’s family is a very good family,” McReynolds said, adding that he grew up in Osborne and Russell counties and those who aren’t real family are like family. “I called Tanner and said, ‘I can do it. No problem.’ There’s a reason I do it That’s how I was taught My mom and dad taught me to do good and help those I can help I don’t mind not to help if they can help themselves. That’s the way, I couldn’t do this job if God hadn’t put me in it.

“I’ll help the farmers up there because that’s what my grandfather did. He was a farmer and worked for the cooperative. My father, he worked for the cooperative. My uncle, he cultivates. It’s just in the blood and I don’t mind helping. If I have the ability, I will help anybody,” McReynolds said.

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“This office goes in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t fall because of it,” Cramer said. “We do good deeds to create goodwill, which opens the door to good news. We will tie an American flag on the back as this always tells them it is a donated shipment.

Cramer said helping farmers was important to her. During the last wildfires a few years ago, she and others volunteered to help however they could.

“I am, I think, the 11th generation American. My grandfather came to Montgomery County, Kansas when the Louisiana Purchase was opened, so here’s this President’s Deed and my great-grandfather’s name is on it. He has always been a farmer. I wanted a way to get out with people and do projects like this, helping farmers,” Cramer said of creating Gifts for the Nations.

Helping farmers during disasters is just one of the ways the nonprofit is reaching out to help here and abroad.

Cramer said she was thrilled to see the hay on the way to help the residents of Paradise, which is nearly clear across the state from Kansas to the north, about 50 miles from the Nebraska line.

“We’re just grateful,” Cramer said. “There’s a rancher out there who lost 4,000 bales of hay alone and then some lost their cattle the way they did.”

She remembers when they came out around Clearwater to help after wildfires a few years ago.

“We just went to help and I remember them saying to us, because they had been through so much, ‘We just want to thank you for coming and helping. You took care of a small thing, but it meant so much to us that you cared about us. I’m trying to get that into the minds of some people here, how big a difference one little thing can make. This is why Gifts for the Nations was created. 2 Corinthians 9:11 says, “When we bring the gifts of God to those in need, they burst into thanksgiving and praise God. »

“Do you remember that Bible verse that says, ‘Blessed is the giver and thankful is the one who receives?’ It’s the same with this. There’s this good feeling that comes out of it. You touch their life,” Cramer said. “It’s great to see God working.”

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