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After the storm: Buffalo 4-H’ers raise funds for South Dakota counterparts

Members of the Krazy Kritters 4-H Club are, back, from – Leader Lisa Peterson, Stephanie Camino, Lauren Rives, Hanna Peterson, Hayden Peterson, Taylor Rives, Leader Tiffany Rives. Front – Zander Hulet, Isabelle Camino, Paden Hulet, Hunter Peterson, and Hazen Camino. Not pictured: Morgan Nicholsen.

Members of the Krazy Kritters 4-H Club are, back, from left – Leader Lisa Peterson, Stephanie Camino, Lauren Rives, Hanna Peterson, Hayden Peterson, Taylor Rives, leader Tiffany Rives. Front – Zander Hulet, Isabelle Camino, Paden Hulet, Hunter Peterson, and Hazen Camino. Not pictured: Morgan Nicholsen.

Members of the Krazy Kritters 4-H Club in Buffalo raised more than $2,100 and reached across state lines to help South Dakota 4-H’ers regain losses from last October’s devastating blizzard.

Nearly 46,000 head of cattle died from the record-setting storm affecting South Dakota producers statewide, including many 4-H project animals. Krazy Kritters helped raise money by using a youth fundraising program provided by the livestock supplement company Crystalyx.

“We felt so bad with everything that happened with the storm in South Dakota,” explained club leader Tiffany Rives. “We have a great group of kids who are interested in helping others and with the Crystalyx Earn to Learn campaign, we found an opportunity to raise money and help these agriculturalists get back on their feet.”

          South Dakota State University Extension partnered with Krazy Kritters to help distribute the proceeds. The money will benefit members in Butte and Lawrence counties who lost livestock and crops during the storm.

Crystalyx created the Earn to Learn campaign to help organizations raise money and provide local livestock producers the opportunity to buy supplements at discounted prices. Youth organizations raise money by selling Crystalyx supplements discount coupons to livestock producers. The money the youth organization raises selling the discount coupons is kept by the organization to use for its fundraising project.

“It feels very good to me knowing I am helping a fellow 4-H member,” said Krazy Kritters president Lauren Rives. “I can’t imagine my animals dying because of a snowstorm, but I know someone would help me if I was in the same situation.”

The Crystalyx Earn to Learn program is open to local clubs and youth groups. For more information, visit http://crystalyx.com/earntolearn/.