WEATHERFORD -- When Ramey Keeth heard about the devastating wildfires that took three lives in the Texas Panhandle last week, he didn’t think twice about what to do.

“When I heard of the three kids that were killed in the fire it broke my heart,” said Keeth of 2E Land & Cattle Co., just outside Poolville. “I didn’t know the family but a good friend of mine did so the next morning I went to work.”

He lined up hay and trucks to transport it. Called his neighbors. Got hold of contacts from when he was in the feed business north of Lubbock.

“I worked for a lot of those ranchers when I was growing up and know a lot of them,” Keeth said. “We still travel out there every year and help with the branding, so we’ve maintained contact with them.”

Keeth said he really didn’t want to get involved with handling financial donations. But, “the Farm Bureau from Iowa called me and wanted give some money but they didn’t know who to give it to. We even had a call from Alaska wanting to give.”

So he established a account.

“We formed a small board in Canadian made up of a judge, a guy that runs a feed store, two ranchers and myself to try and figure out the best way to distribute the funds,” Keeth said.

In three days the account has collected nearly $40,000.

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