Nearly $1M Raised by Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation Fire Relief Fund - Deadline to Apply May 1stThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:32:18 CDT
More than a month since wildfires blazed across Northwestern Oklahoma, the outpouring of support from fellow Oklahomans and communities all over the nation continues to flow into the state to help alleviate the burden of rebuilding for our neighbors affected by the destruction left in the wake of these fires. Click or tap the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of this story to hear Jaronek update Hays on the latest status of the OCF’s fire relief efforts.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Jeff Jaronek, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation coordinator, at the Oklahoma City Farm Show Thursday who shared the latest status on the Foundation’s relief efforts.
“It has kind of consumed us since March 6th when those fires broke out,” he said. “We’re at about $940,000 that has come into the Foundation, and we’re very confident we’re going to hit the $1 million mark.”
And that is just the monetary donations that have been made. Jaronek points out that additionally hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of hay, feed and fencing supplies has been donated to help get affected ranchers back on their feet as well.
“You name it, any need that we’ve had,” Jaronek said, “we’ve been able to get it somewhere, somehow. It’s been great to see.”
Jaronek also notes that for producers that experienced losses or damage in these fires, the deadline to apply for relief funding is quickly approaching and he recommends not waiting any longer to submit yours if applicable.
“Our deadline for the applications is May 1st, so we really want to get the word out,” he emphasized. “Get those applications in because that’s the only way we can get you funding.”
The goal of the Foundation is to have money in the hands of these producers within 90 days of the fire, June 6th to be exact.
“That’s our goal,” he asserted. “We really want a quick turnaround on this deal.”
To apply for relief funding or to find out how to make a donation, visit the Foundation's website, by clicking here.
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