Farm Bureau donations top half million dollars in aid to volunteer fire departments
WACO, Texas – More than $550,000 has been delivered to help volunteer fire departments across the state in a matching donation program between county Farm Bureaus and Texas Farm Bureau (TFB).
“A thin line of volunteer firemen have made a stand to protect lives, property and livestock as fires sparked by this epic drought continue to rampage across the state,” said TFB President Kenneth Dierschke. “County Farm Bureaus are taking notice—recognizing the dedication of these local heroes and offering financial support as departments frantically scramble to repair and replace equipment.”
As of Aug. 29, county Farm Bureaus had donated $151,642.96 for volunteer fire department relief. Matching those donations on a $3 to $1 basis – up to a maximum of $1,000 per fire department – TFB has contributed an additional $401,272 for a total of $552,914.96.
Nearly 13,000 fires have burned more than 3 million acres in Texas due to extremely dry conditions since last November.
“Many more lives would have been endangered and much more property would have burned if not for the commitment of these volunteers,” Dierschke said. “We are pleased to be in a sound enough financial position to share our membership dues from across the state to support these citizen volunteers who do an extraordinary job that many take for granted. Farm Bureau members are most appreciative!”
Farm Bureau officials expect more donations as the program continues through the month of November.
“Farmers and ranchers recognize the tremendous sacrifices the men and women of volunteer fire departments make in keeping their communities safe,” Dierschke said. “Monetary donations ensure these fire departments have funds to keep responding to emergencies. But don’t forget a simple thank you. Be sure to show your gratitude to these honorable public servants for a job well done.”