Trucks loaded with hay, supplies departs for Nebraska
On a cool spring morning at a truck stop in Dickinson, a potentially life-saving adventure was about to start.
Derek Jilek, of Dickinson, and his friend Chris Kubal, of Keene, say they know three things: farming, trucking and giving.
After seeing the impact of flooding in Nebraska, they knew what they had to do.
"I guess when you're helping or volunteering, I always heard that you do what you know. We know cows and we know trucking, so that's what we did," said Jilek, Jilek Trucking.
The pair put out a call to the community hoping to get only a few more bales of hay, the result was amazing.
"We got milk replacer, colostrum, we got $13,000 in one rig just in fencing stuff that people just wanted to help," said Kubal, Keene.
Nine trucks carrying 180 tons of hay will help feed cattle.
"The giving was a lot, it was a little overwhelming," said Jilek.
They didn't have to make the trip alone; law enforcement volunteered to be their escort. Every time they entered a new county, a new volunteer took the lead.
"This was new to me, we've done funeral escorts and various other things. I've never escorted hay, so it'll be a new experience," said Sgt. Dan Kensinger, Stark County Sheriff's Department.
One by one, more trucks and more drivers volunteered to make the 600-mile journey to Fullerton, Neb.
With prayers said by all, a chilly morning has led to warm giving.
Jilek says more than 50 farmers and businesses sent supplies on their trucks. They are working with county officials to take driveable roads to their destination.