Hoosier farmers and truckers are lending drought stricken Texas a helping hand this week in a time of need.
Members of the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) put out an appeal to Indiana farmers for bales of hay that will be trucked to Texas next week.
The response has been incredible.
David Eaton is an association board member. He recently said the ITMA has been picking up hay bale donations at a fast and furious pace.
"We were hoping that we might get a truckload. We're at 400 percent of that now, and based on what's happened, I could easily see us doubling that and having eight to 10 loads by Tuesday," Eaton said. "At last count, we had 35-40 large round bales and 50-plus of the standard square bales that we're going to load up and leave with on Wednesday."
Those donations are coming from all over the state.
"We have received donations from the northwest portion of the state, the east central and Richmond area, up by Logansport and really, we've had donations from a variety of places," Eaton said.
Because of the overwhelming response, pickups have become a logistical nightmare. However, Eaton is working now on establishing a couple of drop-off centers for additional farmer donations.
He said Indiana soybean farmers have stepped in to help as well, donating biodiesel for the trucks making the run to Texas.
Donations are being accepted until departure time Wednesday morning. To make a donation, call 248-761-1515 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.