BEEVILLE – A plea is being issued to the community for contributions to this year’s Bee County Junior Livestock and Homemakers Show sale.
Jim Crumrine, representing the Stikmakers, one of the buyers groups at the sale, said, “Several of my large donors have backed down.
“It is simply because of the perception of the economy.”
Businessmen are having to make hard choices as the economy slows due to a downturn in the oil industry.
“They, like I, are sitting on tremendous receivables. They have doubled in the last year.
“There is not a lot of cash flow.”
Joining a buyer’s group is a way for someone with a minimal amount of money to help a youngster during the show’s special sale at the conclusion of the livestock and homemakers show.
The money then goes to the county’s youths with winning animal, food and craft projects.
“Quite frankly, this is many times life-changing money for these youths,” Crumrine said. “Often times, this allows them to get married, go to college or set up a small business.”
He added, “We are helping these youths now.
“These are people who work. These are life’s winners.
“They are not going to sit there with their hand out.
“They are taught competition. Competition is good. Life isn’t about freebies. Life is a competition.”
Crumrine reminded county residents that any amount of money will help — even small amounts.
“My largest is $5,000. My smallest is $50. Every one of them is important to the total,” Crumrine said.
“If I have $20,000, I can do a lot more than if I have $10,000.”
He understands those that cannot give what they could in the past.
“It is the economics. These people don’t have it,” he said. “I don’t blame them for saying they cannot do that much.
“They are having to feed their families and their employees.”
He is hopeful though, that more people will offer small amounts to make up for the shortfall.
“The bigger my war chest, the more helpful I can be for the children,” he said.
His group isn’t alone.
Kathy Ball, with the Agrilife Extension Service, said she is hearing the same thing from other groups.
“A lot of the groups that have come in, they have stated that people who have given $1,000 (in the past) only gave $500 or $250,” she said.
Crumrine said that if the community members will rally with small donations, they can still make this sale exceptional.
“These kids are all kids who are going to make it, and I am proud to help them,” he said.
Buyers groups for those wishing to donate include:
Bids for Kids – John Galloway – 358-4032
The Lady Ewes – Valerie Haws – 361-244-2102
Stikmakers – Jim Crumrine – 361-319-2754
Amigos – Mike Huser – 361-358-3536
In-Laws & Out-Laws – Mary Anne Linney – 361-362-4678
Cards for Kids – Danny Olivares – 361-597-0041
Coastal Bend Aggies Buyers Group – Will Ramirez – 361-319-0061
Bee County Advocates – Brandon Haws – 361-660-8836
CC Buyer’s Group –Ricky Haws – 361-815-3125.
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5221, or at editor@mySouTex.com.