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Local Farmers Send Convoy To Nebraska Flood Victims

By: Jenna Ramolt

ASHLAND, OH - A convoy of 24 trucks full of donated food, clothing, hay, animal feed, and other supplies is making its way toward flood victims in Nebraska - thanks to a group of local farmers, businesses, and church leaders from both Ashland and Mansfield.

Torrential rain and melting snow have brought flooding to Nebraska in a way that many haven't seen in years. Farmers have lost animals, crops, feed, and hay - devastating losses that will cost them tens of thousands of dollars. Luke Worcester, a resident of the Norwalk, Ohio area, decided to take action in order to provide people in Nebraska with some much-needed assistance. Worcester helped coordinate area businesses, local churches, and even other farmers from the Ashland and Mansfield areas to donate food, clothes, bales of hay and animal feed. The convoy will travel nearly 1,000 miles to their destination and once they arrive, they plan to stay and help as many people as they can.

Russ Meyer, a native of Polk, Ohio who grew up on a dairy farm, says he and his family didn't think twice about loading up their truck and joining the convoy.

"Everybody's happy that we're coming," Meyer said. "My dad once said that you don't have to live next to somebody to be their neighbor. If the shoe was on the other foot, we know somebody would be there for us."

Meyer explained that some farmers lost tons of feed or dozens of bushels of corn, and some animals have been trapped by the rising water and are nearly impossible to feed. Meyer plans to stay in Nebraska for a few days before heading home, adding a heartfelt thanks to everyone in Ashland or Mansfield that donated to and supported the convoy.

This won't be the last time you see an act of kindness like this one. Meyer hopes that they'll be back soon, but in the meantime, other convoys from various states are delivering assistance to their "neighbors" in Nebraska.

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