BABB — C&C Meat Processing in Babb is helping in the search to find Arden Pepion and Leo Wagner, two people who have been missing for weeks in Glacier County.
Arden, three years old, was last seen on April 22 in the vicinity of Joe Show East Road off of US Highway 89, several miles southeast of Browning.
Leo was last seen on April 27 near West Shore Road outside of St. Mary.
It started with the donation of an injured bull from a family in Valier, and C&C is now donating more than 250 pounds of hamburger to the Pepion and Wagner families to help keep searchers fed.
"Everybody needs help once in a while. Traditionally it takes a tribe to take care of our community," C&C owner Christina Flammond said.
Each family was given about 125 pounds of ground beef to prepare hot meals while out on the search.
Arbana Pepion and Aaron Pepion, parents of Arden, are grateful for the help.
“We have to stick together, we are a group and that’s how it was in the old days. We always took care of each other. They are locals which is great," Arbana said. "It’s just people helping out people. Families helping families.”
The donation helps prepare the families to continue the search efforts solely with the help of volunteers.
"We are on our own. Me and my family and the community, we’re all going to get together and we’re all going to search for my loved one, our loved one. Go from there and we’re not going to stop until we do," Leo's twin sister Nicole Wagner said.
Flammond said that using her business to donate is the one way she can help the families with one less worry as they search for their loved ones.
"This donation is about taking care of each other -- from the family that donated it, to my family, to the family that it's going out to and all the families it’s going to feed. This hopefully will bring more people to these searches to help look for these ones that are lost," Flammond told MTN News.
"The families don’t need to suffer. They don’t need to struggle over finding food because we’re here to help. We all struggle but to know you’re not struggling alone and somebodies watching to help, that’s what we’re here for," Flammond concluded.