Blanco residents and PEC members Cody Finch and Noah Wheeler, with locals Dano Wheeler and Dylan Brattlof, have made six trips to the state border east of Canadian, Texas, to deliver about 90 round bales from Jay Gloor’s ranch.
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Disaster struck in late February when wildfires swept across north Texas and parts of Oklahoma and Kansas. An estimated half-million acres of land in the Texas panhandle burned, leaving many people homeless and struggling to make ends meet.
PEC member Jay Gloor knows the impact a tragedy like this can have on a community, and he immediately wanted to help.
“When the flood in Blanco hit us back in 2015, people just came from everywhere to help,” said Gloor, whose ranch was effected by the flood. “I just thought about that when I saw all of the fires on the news, and I was trying to think about what I could do to help all of those farmers and ranchers out.”
Soon after, Gloor’s son, Bryan, came to his dad’s ranch and asked if they could donate some of their hay. The past year had been good, yielding a surplus of round bales. At that moment, Gloor knew that was how he could help.
Since then, Blanco residents and PEC members Cody Finch and Noah Wheeler, with locals Dano Wheeler and Dylan Brattlof, have made six trips to the state border east of Canadian, Texas, to deliver loads of Gloor’s donated hay: about 90 round bales worth about $5,600. Ranchers from that area, like Gary Jahnel, are overwhelmed with the support coming from all over the state.
“I lost a lot, but I didn’t lose my feed and my cattle, and this outpouring of generosity has shown me the true brotherhood of farmers and ranchers helping each other out,” Jahnel said. “Jay’s hay helped us immensely in keeping our cattle in good health. Feed, fencing and other supplies just keep being donated to all of us who have lost so much from these fires.”
Because hay isn’t the only thing those farmers and ranchers need, Gloor has started raising money for supplies like feed and fencing, as well as fuel for the Blanco residents hauling the hay to the panhandle. Gloor will continue to send hay to the ranchers and farmers up north as long as it’s needed. He’s determined to do all he can.
Gloor’s wife, PEC Executive Assistant Wendy Gloor, was proud of her husband when he told her he wanted to help, but she wasn’t surprised. She said that’s just who he is and that he’s always had a kind heart that serves others.
“When disasters strike, they are tragic, but people come together. It really makes you appreciate life,” she said. “Whenever Jay is donating these bales to our fellow ranchers, it really feels like we’re all one big family.”
Jay Gloor said he knows firsthand how it feels when others volunteer their time and resources to help in the wake of a disaster, and he wants to pay it forward.
“Think back to a time whenever you didn’t have something and someone let you borrow or gave you something of theirs: How did that make you feel?” he asked. “One or two dollars from everyone is all it takes. It may not seem much, but it adds up for these people, and they are grateful for it.”
For more information on how to donate, contact Wendy Gloor at 830-225-8110 or at email@example.com.