Great Bend Co-op Donates $30,000 to Wildfire Relief Programs

Feb 01, 2022

Great Bend Co-op Donates $30,000 to Wildfire Relief Programs
On December 15th, 2021 when excessive winds were pushing fires across the country, our members were profoundly impacted. Many lost pastures, livestock, and some lost homes and other structures. While we have donated essential items and offered volunteer time for cleanup, we felt it was important to give a monetary donation toward the recovery process. 

On January 31st, 2022, Great Bend Co-op CEO Chris Wagner was honored to present a check to the Russell County Emergency Services for $10,000 to assist with repairs of damages sustained in the Dec 2021 Four Counties Fire. We were also able to secure an additional $5,000 from CHS to bring the total to $15,000 back directly to our communities. These fire service volunteers jumped in to action to protect our neighbors and our communities in the face of immense danger. We want to thank everyone who stepped up that day and in the weeks following.

Along with this, Great Bend Co-op is also donating $10,000 plus an additional $5,000 from CHS to the Kansas Livestock Association & Kansas Farm Bureau fund that will be allocated 100% back to the victims of the fires from that horrible day. With over 160,000 acres in Kansas affected by fires, the total cost of the damage is yet to be determined. We appreciate the Kansas Livestock Foundation’s efforts in created the fund and helping our friends, neighbors, and customers as they slowly rebuild after this life-changing event

The recovery from the Four County Fire, and others that occurred across Kansas that day, will be a long, arduous process. The scorched ground will require time and moisture to fully recover. There are still opportunities to donate to the recovery efforts and all donations are greatly appreciated. Click the links below to learn more.


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