The Amarillo Area Foundation, the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the Working Ranch Cowboys Association are joining forces to raise funds for the ranchers impacted by the recent wildfires across the Panhandle.
They are asking residents to donate to the Amarillo Area Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund. The WRCA will then distribute those funds to the ranchers who need them.
"The ranching community has been hit hard," said WRCA Foundation President Gary Morton. "The effects of the fires for most of the families will be felt for years to come, and without a turn in the weather conditions the threat of further wildfires grows with each passing day. We are grateful to the Amarillo Area Foundation and Texas Cattle Feeders Association for their collaboration with the WRCA Foundation on this relief effort."
Fires across the Panhandle in March burned more than 520,000 acres of land, killed thousands of livestock and four people.
Most ranchers do not have the insurance to cover loss in equipment and working resources, so the WRCF hopes the Wildfire Relief Fund can help them withstand the long-term effects the devastating wildfires left behind.
"The people of this area are no stranger to the devastation Mother Nature can bring, and it is truly encouraging to see our communities come together to take care of their friends and neighbors in this time of great need," said Jim Lovell, TCFA Chairman. "Many of our TCFA members have already contributed to this effort, but for any who may not yet have had the opportunity to give, I would like to encourage them to make a contribution to this important fund through the WRCA."
For more information on how to donate to the Wildfire Relief Fund, call 806-433-0526.