Local Farmers ‘Bale Out’ Kansas Wildfire Victims


A group of Chester County farmers recently donated bales of hay and other ranch supplies to victims of the raging wildfires in Kansas. Image via Daily Local News.

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.”

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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.

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