MORRIS – Sheriff Kevin Callahan said this was the first year he bid at the 4-H livestock auction.
He walked away with Tyler Sulzberger’s Grand Champion steer. Callahan said his bid was in the range of $2.50 a pound, and while he isn’t sure of its exact weight, he believes the animal was more than 1,000 pounds.
“It was nothing but a positive experience for me to go out to my first auction and help out young Tyler,” Callahan said. “[4-H] is good for the kids. It teaches them responsibility.”
And others are benefiting from the fair and Callahan’s action: When it came time to decide what to do with the steer’s meat, Callahan said he knew where it should go.
“I couldn’t think of a better organization to donate to than We Care,” he said.
Callahan on Monday dropped off more than 300 pounds of ground beef, steaks and roasts to We Care, a local nonprofit agency that provides emergency assistance to Grundy County residents in the form of food, rent, utility and prescription assistance, according to a news release from We Care.
“I was touched and honored that he thought of us, and so glad he was willing to do that with this champion steer meat,” said Denise Gaska, executive director of We Care. “It was nice of him to consider this kind of donation for people in need. It’s so selfless of him.”
We Care clients come in once a month to get food from the freezer, Gaska said, which is where the donated meat will go. An estimated 200 to 250 families come in monthly to get food.
Gaska said meat is a highly sought item at the pantry, and is the most important nutritional element We Care wants to provide to clients.
“We really appreciate Sheriff Callahan’s generosity of thinking of We Care when he had something to share,” Gaska said.
Callahan called We Care about a week before he dropped off his donation to let the organization know of his plan. On Monday, he drove to the butcher shop, loaded the meat and dropped it off at We Care.
“It felt great,” he said of dropping off his donation. “It was a really great feeling inside to fill up that big huge chest freezer they have there. I’m not only committed to serving the county as sheriff, I’m committed to giving back however I can.”