Neighbors Come Together To Help A Terminally Ill Farmer Harvest His Crops

In the early days of America, neighbors helping neighbors was not a rare occurrence. Raising barns, harvesting crops and even birthing children were community events that could last for days. As daily life became more fast-paced and automated thanks to new technologies, these types of gatherings became few and far between. Many of us don’t even know who our neighbors are, much less what problems or needs they have. We’ve become a nation of individuals, focused more on ourselves than our community.

However, that’s not the case in Galva, Illinois. When Dan Bates took to Facebook with worries about how his terminally ill cousin, Carl Bates, would harvest his 450 acres of corn, neighbors responded in the most incredible way. Take a look.

Carl Bates has cancer and is currently in hospice at his home. He and his cousin, Dan, have farmed together for years, but with a lack of manpower and mounting medical bills, Dan feared that harvesting their 450 acres of corn would be impossible. 


Until, on the morning of Friday, September 25th, 40 neighbors showed up. 

Many being famers themselves, they brought along 10 combines, 12 grain carts and 16 semis. 

A typical harvest at the Bate’s farm takes about a week – they got it done in just ten hours. 


Dan said: “I hadn’t slept well for quite some time, thinking about this, but then last night, it should’ve been a relief. I should have been able to sleep. But I was so pumped up, I couldn’t sleep. I’m kind of teary-eyed right now, thinking of it.” 

It’s incredible to see what a tight-knit community can accomplish when they put their minds to it. 

Well done, Galva! Here’s hoping that Americans everywhere are inspired to lend a helping hand to their neighbors. 

Via: Fox 59 WXIN Indianapolis

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