NORFOLK, NE — It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to lose everything.
Unfortunately, Kansas ranchers weren’t left with much after a near state-wide fire destroyed more than 650,000 acres of land.
Trevor Hasenkamp was recently down in Ashland Kansas, he says, “It’s hard to put into words, but I mean, it’s barren, everything’s gone pretty much in some places.”
Hasenkamp spent all day Thursday loading up supplies to make his second trip down to Kansas on Friday to deliver supplies. After a first successful haul delivering convoys of hay, fencing material and vet supplies, he knew before he even arrived in Kansas he had to go back.
“It was incredible, beyond words when we should up with our loads in our first trip. They were extremely grateful, couldn’t thank us enough and helped us unload everything.”
Tim Eichelberger says the reaction from the people makes it worth the time and expenses to go down there.
“Hugs everywhere, they gave us a place to stay for free, fed us, they were very thankful, very pleased and surprised at how many people were donating their time and money to come down.”
It’s incredible Hasenkamp’s strong need to help the people and place he had no real connection to before the fires, but it may be from his own experiences where he has learned to give back.
“When the tornado came to this area, everyone came around, there was a lot of people from Kansas that came and helped. Just pay it forward.”
Hasenkamp, who is grateful for the support and help he has received, says he hopes the work will continue because come summer, Kansas will need more resources.
If you want to donate and help out you can contact Trevor at 402-369-0932.