A group of volunteers from Ohio and Pennsylvania spent the morning of Nov. 30 doing something for the people of Bastrop County, Texas, and the livestock living there. They spent an hour loading a truck and trailer with almost 300 bales to be hauled ,back to Bastrop County.

Bastrop County Texas, has been devastated by what meteorologists have now termed the worst drought in 100 years. Although most of Texas is considered in drought conditions, Bastrop County has had the worst of the drought. Over 3 million acres of land have been burned.

Farmers Randy and Cathy VanScoy, of Lisbon, donated 1,000 bales to the cause in order to provide some of the farmers in Bastrop County a little relief.

In many parts of Bastrop County, there is just no way to make hay for the livestock that has survived this long in this drought. And with most of the state in a severe drought, it means there is hardly any hay to be found and, if it is found, it is expensive.

Jan Douglass, a New Waterford, Ohio, woman teamed up with Jean Crawford from Bastrop County, Texas, to try and get the county some hay. The problem was that there is little or no funding for trucking.

Through the organization, the Lutheran Social Services of the South, which has been gathering donations, a truck, fuel and the drivers were funded. Donations can still be sent through the organization’s website to fund more trucks.

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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