CHS is committed to standing by the Denton community and its residents and families as the cleanup and rebuilding efforts begin following the West Wind Fire. To assist in those efforts, CHS has committed a total of $20,000, broken down as follows:
$10,000 cash donation
$5,000 worth of Payback® Ranger-16 cattle feed
$5,000 in Cenex® fuel gift cards.
Not only is CHS contributing financially and with cattle feed and fuel cards, but local employees are also donating their time and efforts to help the Denton community.
“I appreciate everything our local team is doing to support the fire relief efforts,” says Keith Schumacher, general manager, CHS Big Sky. “The cooperative spirit of our employees shines through as we pull together to support our owners, patrons and the Denton community in their time of need.”
As a cooperative, CHS is focused on strengthening rural communities to drive agriculture forward for the next generations. This includes supporting communities in times of need.
“CHS understands the impact a natural disaster such as the West Wind Fire can have on rural communities,” adds Cortney Wagner, CHS Board of Directors, Region 2. “This fire will have long-standing implications for the Denton community, and we are dedicated to being there with support in the months ahead as residents and businesses rebuild Denton.”
CHS Big Sky extends our heartfelt concern and well wishes to the residents of Denton following the West Wind Fire, which affected the town Wednesday, December 1. We commit to standing by our owner-growers and patrons as the clean-up and rebuilding efforts begin. Many of the firefighters and volunteers who battled the blaze were CHS employees and CHS Big Sky customers. The resilience and dedication shown by these individuals was outstanding and we couldn’t be prouder to live and work in a community where cooperative spirit is evident in both prosperous and trying times.
While we are thankful that no CHS employees lost a home, nor did CHS lose any assets in the fire, we recognize the need is great to help those who lost homes and other personal property in the fire. CHS Big Sky will be donating several large items to the live auction fundraiser and will continue to focus on other avenues to help the community rebuild. There are a variety of ways to assist families in the rebuilding process. Please click the following link to read about the various ways you can support your fellow farmers, ranchers, community members and friends: https://bit.ly/3lLmKo2.
CHS Big Sky is looking for an organization or program in need of financial support for initiatives that align with our core focus areas of improving ag safety in rural communities and cultivating ag leaders. If you know of a program that may fit into one of these areas, please click here for more information.