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Southwest North Dakota Sends Love to Storm-Ravaged Ranchers

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The shocking images of hundreds of dead cattle in South Dakota, killed in a devastating snowstorm, will not soon be forgotten.

For the ranchers it is a reality they are still dealing with today.

For their neighbors, it's been a time to send out a quiet call for help.

Slope County is just one community working together to show how much they care.

Whether it's good news or bad news, word usually spreads quickly in a small town.

"A lady called one day, couple weeks ago now, and she was so sad, and she said I wish I could send a heifer, but I can't do anything for them." says Linda Narum, volunteer.

Weeks after a snowstorm devastated much of South Dakota, leaving hundreds of cattle dead, ranchers are set to receive a little love from their neighbors to the north.

"She said what can I do Linda? And I said, well, let's send a Thanksgiving basket." says Linda Narum, volunteer.

And just like that, donations of everything from homemade pies to turkeys to money have been coming in from all around the county.

"I was just overwhelmed at the groundswell of people wanting to make a difference." says Narum.

55 rancher families will soon be receiving four packages each.

Each box contains a different theme and assortment of goodies.

"We tried to give a little something for everyone."

There is however a common theme in what goes into each care package.

"It just comes from a community of caring and that's what we're all about here in Amidon and the surrounding area." says Harold.

"When people are hurting and in need, to be able to put something together for them, whether it's just a smile or whether it's food in this case, to be able to just share love." says Shelby Hewson, Slope Co. Extension Agent.

"The contents are sent with love, but the most important thing is probably expressed in the Thanksgiving card, may this give you some gentle moments and moments of peace, this Thanksgiving holiday." says Narum.

More than 200 people have helped out by sending food or monetary donations or volunteering time.

That includes people everywhere from the senior center to the children at the one room schoolhouse and the 4-H club.

Kids will be packaging the boxes up Wednesday night and Thursday in the town's only church.

Then, volunteers will deliver the care packages down in South Dakota Friday afternoon.

If you'd like to send some love to the ranchers, you can still get on board by contacting the "Prairie Senior Citizens" in Amidon.

P.O. Box 506, Amidon North Dakota.

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