Rancher Relief Fund hits $4 million - KOTA Territory News

Rancher Relief Fund hits $4 million


It was created after an outpouring of donations to ranchers affected by the October 4th blizzard and on Thursday, the Rancher Relief Fund reached more than $4 million.

There have been donations from all 50 states with more than 5,000 individual donors.

With recent donations from Golden West Communications, which gave $50,000 and First Interstate Bank, which gave $540,000, the fund just keeps growing.

Silvia Christen, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association says with 600 families in need, any amount helps. "The impact of this blizzard continues and it's been wonderful to see the donations continue," said Christen. "We are continuing to accept donations into the account at this point and I do know there are several very generous fund raisers and there's activities still planned during the stock shows and various other businesses that are intending to make contributions to the fund." More than $800,000 has already been distributed to families and more will be going out at the end of January and into early February.

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