Saturday is the National 4-H Day of Service. On this day, 4-Hers and other volunteers will be working within their communities to meet the needs of those around them. This year, the Panhandle 4-H District, along with Keith/Arthur counties has teamed up with Bomgaars to help restore part of the fencing that was lost during the fire near Ash Hollow.
On March 16, a wildfire started near Lewellen burning approximately 4,600 acres grassland as well as many miles of fence. Although there were no livestock or structure losses, at least five families in the area lost a significant amount of pastureland through this tragedy.
This Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, 4-H members will be located at Bomgaars stores across the region for the Donations for Doughnuts project. Bomgaars has agreed to provide doughnuts and matching funds up to $3,000. All of the proceeds will go to the families to help them restore the fencing that was lost in the fire. Depending on the materials used, a mile of fence costs approximately $10,000 to build.
Since some Panhandle communities do not have a Bomgaars, other sponsors have stepped up to help purchase doughnuts, provide a location, or both. Locally, Herren Brothers Hardware in both Crawford and Harrison are taking part.
If you are unable to attend the National 4-H Day of Service but would still like to donate, please send your check to:
Nebraska 4-H Foundation
C/O Ash Hollow Fire Relief Fund
PO Box 830719
Lincoln, NE 68583-0719