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Muhlenberg Co. man's memory to live on in all KY humane societies

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Bland and Jonell Hardison. Bland and Jonell Hardison.
MUHLENBERG CO., KY (WFIE) -

A generous donation has been given to support all 120 humane societies throughout Kentucky.

One Muhlenberg County man is making a difference long after his passing with a $250,000 donation to all Kentucky's 120 humane societies. 

Bland Hardison, a small town western Kentucky farmer, is a Bremen native and passed away in 2008.  

Before his passing, Hardison made weekly visits to the Muhlenberg Humane Society.

"Mr. Hardison probably started coming to the shelter four, five, six years ago. He'd come up usually about once a week and he would pull into the front gate there," said Monte Denny with the Muhlenberg Humane Society. "He was an elderly gentleman at the time and he couldn't lift the big bags of dog food he'd bring in. He would honk the horn and one of the staff would help him come out and unload the vehicle. He was really faithful to do that."

In early March, an unassuming envelope arrived on Pike County Judge Executive Wayne Rutherford's desk. The envelope had a check for $1,400 dollars.

That was just one of 120 checks that would be written for every humane society in Kentucky.

His widow, Jonell Hardison, says her husband was a true animal lover.

"To realize the impact of the money given to the animal shelters is most humbling. I'm just proud that he could do that. That's what he wanted to do, is to take care of little animals and show compassion to them," Hardison said.

Hardison was a dairy farmer and Army veteran who passed away at the age of 86.

It's safe to say his memory will live on at humane societies all across Kentucky. 

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