Five Marys owner helps raise $250,000 for kids affected by Dixie Fire

Five Marys owner helps raise $250,000 for kids affected by Dixie Fire

A Fort Jones business owner with a national following stepped up in a big way to assist 4-H participants affected by the Dixie Fire. 

Mary Heffernan is the owner of Five Marys Farms, which is a direct-to-consumer premium meat service business. She and her family also run Five Marys Burgerhouse, Five Marys Meats, Camp Five Marys, M5 Entrepreneurs Small Business Academy, and M5 Ranch School. She has been featured nationally in publications and television, including The Today Show and Forbes. 

On Sunday, Aug. 15, Heffernan and Carlos Whittaker, a Christian author, speaker, and host of the “Human Hope” podcast and their online communities joined together to raise $251,420 in donations for the Indian Valley and Wolf Creek 4-H members, located in the Greenville and Taylorsville areas. The Dixie Fire, which is burning in Butte, Plumas, Lassen, and Tehama counties, has greatly affected these kids and their families. 

Mary Heffernan poses with 4-H member  Jewel and her goat.

“I decided to do a call to action within my community of over 200,000 Instagram followers and over 40,000 customers – to ask them to help me help these kids who had lost their homes, family businesses, and stability in the Dixie Fire,” Heffernan said. She said they collected flat donations through their website with 100% going directly to the kids in their livestock auction by buying their animals. 

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