State veterinarians say between 15,000-30,000 head of livestock died in the blizzard that hit western South Dakota in early October.
Now, while our nation's leaders figure out what's next, South Dakotans have taken matters into their own hands.
Cubby's Stores and Beal Distributing have teamed up to raise money for the Ranchers Relief Fund.
"I think it's devastating what happened. You see pictures, hear about it, read the blogs. It seems like it's local and people could lose their ranches. It's something we needed to step up and do something to help," Ed Beal said.
Beal Distributing and Cubby's store hope to fill the fund's piggy bank.
"It's local, it's something important to me. We need to do something to help ranchers in South Dakota, no matter what. It's something we need to do as a South Dakotan," Beal said.
"I'm honored my employees are pushing for it. They realize what it's going for, being a truck stop, we see a lot of farmers and ranchers, it affects their job too," Cubby's Truck Stop GM Jeff Wendling said.
The efforts kicked off Wednesday and already, big success.
"The turnout has been phenomenal. When Ed approached me, I thought 'we'll do it and sell about 100 cards'. We've sold well over 380 in two days. Repeat customers keep donating every time they come in," Wendling said.
For employees at the W. 12th Street Cubby's truck stop, it's no surprise.
"Somehow, one way or another as close-knit as we are, everyone knows someone who was affected one way or another by this tragedy," Beal said.
"People realize we do care about the other side of the state. No matter what, South Dakota is a family. we all help them out," Wendling said.
The Rancher's Relief Fund has been organized by the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, the South Dakota Stockgrower's Association and the Sheep Grower's Association. To contribute with a credit card, visit www.giveblackhills.org/27677 and click on the "Donate Now" button.
Checks made payable to "Ranchers Relief Fund" may also be mailed to the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 231, Rapid City, SD 57709.
A financial donation to the Ranchers Relief Fund will help with immediate expenses incurred such as carcass removal, fence repair and roundup/hauling of strays.
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