Oregon boy raffles ‘Meatball’ the pig for fire relief

JOHN DAY, Ore. (KOIN) — The Canyon Creek Complex fire covered 135 square miles by Friday, and at least 39 homes have been destroyed in the blaze.

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One 7-year-old boy from neighboring Harney County is doing his part as well with the help of his pig, Meatball.

Resident across Grant County are coming together to help those most impacted by the area’s devastating fires.

One 7-year-old boy from neighboring Harney County is doing his part as well with the help of his pig, Meatball.

“He likes graham crackers and protein and oats,” Noah Baker told KOIN 6 News. “My grandpa was donating some hay so that gave me the idea to donate my pig.”

Noah has been raising Meatball on his family’s ranch outside Burns, Oregon since February.

The 7-year-old was so impacted by recent wildfires that he offered to donate earnings from a raffle on his prized pig to fire relief efforts.

“I just wanted them to rebuild their lives,” Noah said.

You can purchase tickets for the Meatball raffle through the Harney County 4-H groups, or from the Harney County Extension Office.

Noah said he hopes to raise $1,000 by the time of the drawing on September 12.

All proceeds will go to the Grant County Stock Growers Association to be used as a relief fund for local farmers and ranchers affected by recent fires.

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