The Sturgis community came together Tuesday night raise money for ranchers and business owners who were affected by the Oct. 4th blizzard in the Black Hills.
"Really what we're trying to do is show our solidarity with all the people that have lost so much," said Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie. "And we try to help out as much as we can."
All donations received will benefit the Rancher Relief Fund which has been set up by the South Dakota Cattleman's Association, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, and the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association (as administered by the Black Hills Area Community Foundation).
A large portion of the proceeds will also go toward repairing businesses that were damaged during the storm.
"The total cost of putting this on after every thing is said and done is probably less than $1,000," said Ainslie. "It's really a testament to how the people here have been giving and helping their neighbors."
The Sturgis City Council voted Monday night to match up to $15,000 in community donations, and the Economic Development Committee will also provide $250 to match community donations.
The Sturgis Brown High School Culinary Arts Class prepared two kinds of soup and dessert, while local grocery stores and restaurants gave food to help out.
"It feels kind of like gratitude," said SBHS Sophomore culinary arts student Danielle Johnston. "That I can give back to the people that have lost something and soup really isn't the biggest thing in the world but it's a small thing that we can do to raise money even if it's a little bit."
If you would like to donate money for disaster relief, visit giveblackhills.org