Tennessee, Kentucky Disaster Relief collaborate to provide hay for fire-stricken ranchers in Texas


FRANKLIN , Tenn. — Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief teams are helping transport hay to Texas to aid the recovery efforts after recent wildfires in North Texas.

Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, was contacted last weekend by Kentucky Disaster Relief state director Ron Crow. 

Crow informed Jones that they had been asked to send hay to Texas in response to the fires. The Kentucky teams had collected hay from donations, but did not have any trucks or trailers to haul it. 

“We have been blessed with resources to haul items,” said Jones. “Don Owen (director of God’s Warehouse in Morristown and DR director for Nolachucky Baptist Association) contacted the DR driver that operates our tractor trailers and they started hauling loads to Texas.” 

The first load left on March 12, he said. Five more loads may eventually be hauled to Texas.

“It is a great way to show how different state Disaster Relief units can work together to serve those affected by disasters in other states,” said Jones.