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Paulding and Van Wert counties partner in supply drive for Nebraska flood victims

In an effort to support farmers in need, Van Wert and Paulding Counties are working together to collect items to take out to Nebraska to help those in need. The group is planning to travel to Nebraska leaving April 12. They need help to collect as many items as possible. There are many ways to donate your time, treasures and talents. Specific details include:

1. Donate any items from the list below and drop off at the donation area. Deadline for physical donations is Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Drop off locations are the Paulding County or Van Wert County Fairgrounds.

2. If one cannot donate from the supplies list, we are asking for monetary donations. The cost of fuel, meals and rooming per vehicle will be around $2,000 as an estimate per vehicle in the caravan. Any monetary donations can be made out to the Paulding County Area Foundation with memo “Nebraska Relief Fund.” Those not wishing to travel to Paulding can drop off the checks to the Van Wert County Extension Office on the Fairgrounds (Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm and Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-7:00pm) or the Paulding County Extension Office (Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm). Those donations will be delivered to the Paulding County Area Foundation. Monetary donations can be collected at any time or mailed to the Paulding County Area Foundation c/o Nebraska Relief Fund, 101 East Perry Street, Paulding, Ohio 45879. Additionally, farmers wanting to donate an in-kind grain donation can transfer or drop off grain at area elevators in the name of the Paulding County Area Foundation. Please contact Lisa McClure for additional information on the grain or monetary donations. Her number is (419)399-8296. Extra money raised after the travel costs will be donated to the Nebraska State Farm Bureau Disaster Fund.

3. Supplies list

Priority #1 (Fencing): Barbed Wire, Electric Fencing, Leather Gloves, Fencing Pliers, Wooden Posts (Creosote Covered), Wooden Fence Posts, T-Posts

Priority #2 (Hay): Large Round or Square Bales

Priority #3 (Livestock Feed): Mineral Blocks or Salt Licks, Bagged Calf Starter Feed, Cow Feed, Milk Replacer, Horse Feed

Priority #4 (Other): Livestock Bedding- Straw Bales or Corn Cob (No Shavings), Bagged Ag Lime, Contractor Trash Bags, Large Round Trash Cans with Lids

As much as the thought is appreciated, Nebraska is overwhelmed with donations of water, cleaning supplies, baby items, clothes, and food. Please consider a monetary donation if those items are the only things you would consider donating to those in need. Supply donations need to be done and collected no later than Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in the evening. There will be an organized collection drive from 8:30am-12:30pm on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Jr. Fair Dairy barn located on the south end of the fairgrounds in Van Wert County.

Those wishing to donate should come to the east doors (facing Washington Street) to unload. Those with larger trailers should enter at Gate 4 for ease of maneuvering. On Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Paulding County Fairgrounds will be an additional live drive. Please enter at the Main Gate near the Extension Building.

There will be help to unload at both locations. If you are unable to come during those times and have a large donation to unload, please contact Heather Gottke at the Van Wert Extension Office at (419) 238-1214 to make arrangements or Tony Miller in Paulding County at (419)203-1673. If you are interested in getting more involved you can check out the Facebook page, Van Wert to Nebraska #farmershelpingfarmers for more information.

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