Farmers Cooperative Compress Partners with CoBank to Provide Support for Local Buckner Foster Children

LUBBOCK – Farmers Cooperative Compress’ gift of $1,500 to Buckner Children and Family Services in Lubbock was matched by CoBank to provide support for Buckner International’s local foster care program.

“Lubbock’s agricultural community has a huge heart for children. This gift from Ron Harkey of Farmers Cooperative Compress and the matching gift from CoBank will help Buckner continue to provide safe homes and hope to the foster children in our care,” said Denese Thetford, gift officer for Buckner in Lubbock.

The gift is a result of CoBank’s $3 million charitable fund designed to benefit cooperatives and the charitable groups they support throughout rural America. Under their new “Sharing Success” program, CoBank matched the $1,500 contribution made by Farmers Cooperative Compress to Buckner on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Last year in Lubbock County, 1,378 children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect. Buckner helps provide loving families for many of these children through Christ-centered foster care and adoption services.

About Buckner in Lubbock:
Since 1958, Buckner Children and Family Services has been protecting children, promoting independence and building strong families in Lubbock through foster group care at Buckner Children’s Home, foster care and adoption services, after-care services for teens aging out of the foster care system and self-sufficiency programs for single mothers at My Father’s House Lubbock.

About Buckner:
For more than 133 years, Buckner International has been transforming lives through hands-on ministry, serving the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life. Buckner is one of the oldest and most unique faith-based social service organizations of its kind, serving more than 450,000 people each year in the United States and 18 countries worldwide. To learn more about Buckner, please visit




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