While the Midwest avoided much of the damage caused by hurricane Harvey, the damage caused in the south wasn’t ignored. Agriculturalist pulled together to help Texas communities in their time of need.
“We took six Pioneer employees and two members of Wisconsin FFA Alumni last Tuesday morning,” says Wade Crosby, area manager for DuPont Pioneer and volunteer. “We contacted the head of the Texas Salvation Army who deployed us to Orange, Texas, which has some of the worst damage.”
Crosby, along with his team’s agronomist lead the charge to Texas, coining it #ProudToBeAFarmer, with two smokers in tow to feed the storm ravaged town. The team didn’t know what to expect when they arrived as only one member had ever seen a hurricane’s aftermath.
“I’ve seen tornado damage and that’s what I was expecting,” Crosby says. “But it’s flood damage—imagine water going to the ceiling and beyond.”
The area received more than 50” of rain in 24 hours, causing widespread damage to houses and businesses. He says many people left with the clothes on their backs, pet food and baby supplies to ride out the storm elsewhere.
Each day the team made lunch and dinner, serving 500 to 600 people each meal for more than a week. In addition they handed out water and other supplies to those who needed them.
“It’s a terrible thing that happened, but I’m glad we got to go down and help,” he says. “I’m sure I got more out of this than anyone we helped—it’s life changing to see.”
As communities try to rebuild the Salvation Army and other organizations are encouraging monetary donations which can be spent on resources as needed.