With the season of giving upon us, a local Vietnam combat veteran has taken up for a longtime Cedar County farmer after a recent and unfortunate theft.
Richard Boyden was made aware of a neighboring farmer’s strife when Kem Price informed Boyden a 4-wheel all-terrain vehicle was stolen from Price’s farm.
According to a Cedar County Sheriff’s Office report taken last week, Price’s ATV was stolen from his property near Fair Play and has not been recovered.
Price is a Cedar County native and a polio survivor. Despite his disabilities, Price still manages a farm and works cattle — largely in part with the aid of a 4-wheeler which Price uses in place of more physically traditional means.
Seeking to solve Price’s problem and engage the local community in support of a disabled farmer, Boyden contacted local ATV dealers with the goal of securing a reasonably priced replacement vehicle for Price — finally getting a commitment from a dealership in Ozark.
Youngblood Powersports, Ozark, has volunteered to provide a fully-automatic 2019 400cc Suzuki Kingquad LT400 4-wheel-drive ATV at or near-cost — totaling approximately $6,000 — as a means of making a replacement vehicle a tangible reality for Price.
“We do things like this because it’s a good cause,” Youngblood salesman Dan Wrinkle said. “Our dealership enjoys being a part of things that help the community, veterans and causes that offer assistance within our area.”
The Ozark-based dealership also annually participates in several regional veteran-centered charity efforts and regularly contributes to patriotic and non-profit causes in the greater Ozarks area.
To make a secure donation to the communitywide effort or to obtain specific status information regarding the fundraiser, interested parties are encouraged to visit www.gofundme.com/f/replace-stolen-atv-for-disabled-polio-victim. For transparency and/or verification purposes, the participating dealership also may be contacted at their Ozark location by calling (417) 582-1065.
All monies are being directed to the acquisition of the ATV for Price and will be used for no purpose other than a replacement ATV purchase.
Should the total goal not be reached, all monies collected will go to Price to compensate him for his loss.