CHENEY, Kan. For the past 20 years, the man behind the Eagle Valley Raptor Center has taken in thousands of birds. As a non-profit, it relies on donations.
Ken Lockwood loves his birds. That's why he started the Eagle Valley Raptor Center in Cheney, Kansas.
17 years ago, he got his bald eagle WaSu. He's just one of the thousands of birds Lockwood has helped that were injured, poisoned or orphaned.
"We provide food, vet care, and shelter and then our main goal is to release them back to the wild," said Lockwood.
Getting them healthy and back in the air is expensive.
"It's very important that I provide them with their natual diet and it's very expensive, and I'm one of the only ones around here that does this," said Lockwood.
Using his own money to suppliment the generous donations from the public, Lockwood spends about $20 a day just on mice for his bald eagle. That does not include his other birds - or any of the other expenses.
"Ken, because of what you're doing and because us believing in it, Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers want to give you a Helping Hand and give you $1,200," said Scott Evans.
"Oh goodness, oh wow," Lockwood said, his mouth agape. "I don't know what to say about that except let them know that all their donations are going to go to frozen rats and mice. Man that's fantastic. Thank you very very much."
A few days later Ken met with Dustin DeVaughn and Richard James to receive his check.
"We're thankful for the Eagle Valley Raptor Center and the great work they do in our community and we're proud to present a Helping Hand," said Richard James.
"You guys stepped up and helped feed our national symbol, the bald eagle and the other birds that help us in our community, so thank you very much."
So grateful, Ken wants to return the generosity. When it warms up, he wants to give a school that cannot afford a field trip, the chance to come out for free.