Meade County Ranchers are on the road to recovery after the Alabama Junior Cattleman donated 20 heifers, one to each family that was by the October Blizzard.
The heifer recipients and the Junior Cattlemen met at the Cammack Ranch Supply near Union Center Tuesday for a branding ceremony.
"I appreciate what the kids did, and it's just one step closer to recovery," said Rick Johnston, one of many ranchers receiving the donation.
Johnston lost 80 percent of his livestock in the devastating storm. He will use the heifer to rebuild his ranch.
The Alabama Junior Cattleman decided to reach out to the Meade County 4-H members after reading about the devastation caused by the blizzard. Together, both organizations planned for six months to coordinate the donations.
One of the project coordinators, Tacy Langemeier, 4-H Youth Program advisor gives the credit to the Alabama youth.
"The kids in Alabama are the ones who put in so much effort and are really the ones who started the whole project," Langemeier said.
Although money has been donated through the mail in the past, the Junior Cattleman thought it was important to meet with the people whose lives they were impacting. Not only did the Alabama Junior Cattlemen get to see what their generosity bought, but they developed relationships for life.
"It's great to know that people do care. I don't know how to explain it, it's just really touching," Johnston said.
The Alabama Junior Cattlemen stayed with the 12 host families that were the recipients of the heifers Tuesday night. A public barbeque followed.