West Michigan farmers head to Kansas, Oklahoma with convoy of supplies

Local farmers driving supplies to farmers affected by wildfires

WAYLAND, MICH. - The sloppy winter weather didn't stop a convoy of West Michigan big rigs from heading to Oklahoma and Kansas to deliver hay, feed and fence posts to help with wildfire relief.

About 30 trucks loaded with supplies donated by local farmers left from the Wayland Hopkins Livestock auction yard Thursday, April 6.

Coordinating the donation deliveries was a team effort. "It's just kind of the farm spirit, farmers helping farmers," said co-organizer Todd Brink. "A group from the east side of the state started with a convoy about three weeks ago and I said 'maybe I should try to get four or five trucks to go' and it's turned into 30 with the help of Ron Bjork from Sand Lake."

"It's pretty cool that we see all these trucks and farmers and ranchers pull together," said Bjork with emotion in his voice.

"It's been a blessing to see everybody step up," said Brink. "America has always been great, we just had to find the right venue to show off America's greatness."

The group expects to arrive in Gates, Oklahoma by Friday afternoon. The North Allegan 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America also played a role in Thursday's send off.

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