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Thousands of Cattle Raisers members felt the winds and pouring rains of Hurricane Harvey in late August. Barns and windmills were blown away on the west side of the storm area. On the east side, pastures were flooded, stranding livestock and people.
And immediately, the calls started coming in.
There are hundreds of storm stories but, almost always, on the heels of a story about damage and disaster is a story about the calls offering help and supplies. I’ve heard more than one member say, “Our phones almost blew up.”
Ranchers offered practical help with offers to pasture cattle or to send feed and hay. At the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association office, we received calls and email offers of hay, feed, fence materials, manpower, boats to deliver feed and cowboys ready to trailer their horses to the Gulf Coast area to literally ride to the rescue. These offers came from all over the state, and from all over the country.
In this month of Thanksgiving, let me say thank you to those who called, or gave, or prayed. I know from listening to some of our Gulf Coast area members that they were humbled and heartened by your support. Your immediate and generous help let them know they were not alone in the aftermath of catastrophe.
As one of our members has said, “You’ll never know what your call meant to us.”
“Conversations” is excerpted each month from The Cattleman magazine.