Kirsta Karhoff organized the local drop off location to collect supplies for farmers in Nebraska. (Putnam Sentinel/Martin Verni)
Kirsta Karhoff organized the local drop off location to collect supplies for farmers in Nebraska. (Putnam Sentinel/Martin Verni)

OTTAWA — Just a couple of weeks ago, when an organizing effort first got underway to assist Nebraska farmers, Krista Karhoff of Ottawa Feed and Grain decided she would help. As many hands now experienced in disaster relief quickly came together, Mrs. Karhoff organized the effort to gather much needed supplies locally. Those supplies and a number of volunteers departed Ohio in the early hours last Friday, March, 29 (See, From Ohio to Nebraska).

“For me, I knew several of the folks, farmers, who went out to the Kansas [incident] two years ago.” says Kirsta, speaking about the 2017 fires in Kansas, which spurred an effort to help by many of these same farmers now assisting Nebraska. “I wasn’t able to go, but I still played my part by collecting items back then.”

“I kinda decided, well, I’m going to play our part. I approached Tom Leopold, our manager at Ottawa Feed & Grain, and said, ‘Can we be a drop off point?’”

“We began collecting items from our community members, local farmers, people are part of the agriculture industry,” Mrs. Karhoff continues. “We collected items, and not just from Putnam. We did have a couple groups that came from outside of the county and dropped off donations.”

“So, that’s how I am playing my part. I was inspired by the group that went to Kansas two years ago, and I felt like we needed to play our part too by doing this.”

The effort has also continued, Mrs. Karhoff informed The Sentinel that since the effort last weekend, eight Putnam farms have donated additional hay and straw for farmers in Nebraska. It will be part of the Ohio Relief Haulers convoy departing this upcoming Friday, April 5. The hay and straw will be hauled by the Anderson family from London, Ohio.

All who have participated in this local, grassroots effort have expressed their sincere gratitude for all that’s been donated.