The Estevan Salvation Army has benefitted from the efforts of the Saskatchewan 4-H District 1 Council.
Janine Petterson, who is the secretary for District 1, said the organization had a meeting and decided to donate a steer to the Salvation Army’s food bank to help out the ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Because of the regional show and sale not being able to be held, and our achievement days not being held this year, we thought we would give back to the community,” said Petterson.
A recognition was held Thursday at the Salvation Army.
District 1 has about 150 members from the Outram-Madigan, Benson, Browning, Crossroads, Cymri and Steelman clubs, and many of them raise a steer to be auctioned off each year.
Most of the members who would have been part of beef auctions sold their animals from the farm. The District 1 council board held a draw to see who would get to donate the steer, and Aiden Tanner from the Crossroads 4-H Club was selected as the winner. He will take the steer to Western Prime Meats in Weyburn to be butchered, and the meat will be donated to the food bank.
The steer weighed 1,255 pounds, and should generate 700-800 pounds of meat for the Salvation Army.
“Each club donated a portion towards the steer, and then the district would be making up the rest of it,” said Petterson.
It’s believed he will receive $3.75 per pound for the steer. Aiden said he is happy to be involved with a project to support the food bank.