It’s nowhere near the likes of Wall Street’s financial bailouts, but Chester County farmers and businessmen recently provided a volunteer “bale-out” of their own to wildfire victims in Kansas.
The relief effort amounted to a truck convoy filled with “1,800 feet of fence post, 91 rolls of barbed wire, lumber, and truckloads of hay,” according to a Daily Local News report by Fran Maye.
“The agriculture community (in Chester County) is a tight-knit community,” said Harrop Hay and Straw owner Kevin Harrop. “I don’t know why this hasn’t made national news. I reached out to other people and other organizations, but didn’t really get a lot of support. I’m just glad I have the opportunity to help.”
In addition to Exton-based Harrop, Meadow Springs Farm in Kennett Square provided hay, and Riley & Sons donated fuel.
The supplies arrived in Ashland, Kan., last week.
“I think this (relief effort) restores faith in humanity a little,” Harrop said. “We just want to help out.”
Read more about the wildfire relief effort in the Daily Local News here.