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August 10, 2001



Steve Washam
Klamath Relief Convoys

Mark Klicker
Washington State Farm Bureau

Washington farm supply stores collect aid for Klamath Basin 

Convoy to deliver donations for water-deprived community in crisis

WALLA WALLA -- Agricultural supply stores in Dayton, Kennewick, 
Pasco and Walla Walla will serve as drop-off points for 
donations to be delivered to charities in the Klamath Basin.

Four stores will collect food and money for the southern Oregon 
community in economic distress.

The donations will be picked up August 19 when Montana citizens 
concerned about the effects of the federal Endangered Species 
Act make a stop in Walla Walla en route to a rally in Klamath 
Falls, Ore.  

Dubbed "The Convoy of Tears," participants will depart August 
18 from Kalispell, Mt. carrying jugs of water (tears) as a 
symbolic gesture for 1400 Klamath Basin farm families in crisis 
after having their irrigation water turned off by federal 

More substantial aid in the form of food, animal feed and money 
will also be delivered when the convoy reaches its destination 
August 21.

The caravan will join other convoys from California and Nevada 
in Klamath Falls, where a full day of fundraising activities is 

Participants along the route are being asked to contribute 
small jugs of water marked with their name and town, which will 
be poured on farmers' parched fields.  A $5 donation for each 
jug delivered is being requested by the organizers.  

Anyone wishing to join the caravan in their own vehicle is 
encouraged to do so.  Additional trucks may be needed to haul 
the aid.

The convoy is expected to arrive in Walla Walla Sunday, August 
19th, at noon to pick up donations at L&G Ranch Supply, 2930 
Isaacs Ave.  Money, animal feed, food, clothing, school supplies 
and items for auction are being accepted.  Donated items should 
be in very good or like-new condition.

Checks can be made out to Klamath Relief Fund and mailed to

Klamath Relief Fund
P.O. Box 5252 
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

or delivered to one of the four stores listed below.

The immediate goal of the Klamath Relief Fund is to raise $20 
million to help farmers save their livestock and farms for 
another year.  

Communities across the West are holding auctions, raffles, food 
drives and other events to support the effort.

More information regarding the convoy effort and the Klamath 
Basin water crisis is posted on the web at 

For further information contact:

Steve Washam: 509-522-2783 
Mark Klicker: 509-520-7370

The stores accepting donations are listed below.

*** Donations need to be received by the close of business 
Saturday the 18th. ***

Columbia County Farm Bureau Store
207 N. 3rd St., Dayton

Pasco Ranch & Home Supply
516 N. Oregon Ave., Pasco

Kennewick Ranch & Home Supply
845 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick

L&G Ranch Supply, 2930 Isaacs Ave, Walla Walla


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