Pennsylvania residents send hay to eastern Montana ranchers

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 26, 2017 4:25 PM

(AP Photo/Mel Evans, file)

(Billings, Mont.) -- Pennsylvania residents have donated more than 30 truckloads of hay this month to eastern Montana ranchers reeling from the effects of severe drought and wildfires.

The Billings Gazette reports that five truckloads of hay were unloaded in Miles City, Montana last weekend after travelling nearly 1,600 miles from Eau Clair, Pennsylvania.

The effort to aid the Montana ranchers was spearheaded by Perry Altmire Jr. who owns a trucking company.

The rural Pennsylvania resident sent out a post on social media to see if others were interested.

Altmire says the effort just took off from there and people began donating money and hay. Other trucking companies became involved, and the hay donations began to outpace the ability to get the bales across the country.

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