The community spirit is alive and well in the small town of Galva, Illinois.
After one of their own fell ill and desperately needed help, the townspeople came together to show their support and love for a local farmer in need.
A few months ago, Galva resident Carl Bates entered a hospice center due to an aggressive form of cancer, which left him unable to harvest his farm’s fields. His family desperately contacted friends within their community with hopes that someone would help Bates keep his farm in order.
On Sept. 25, 40 of his friends and neighbors rallied together to complete what is normally a weeklong harvest in only one day.
“That is why [we] live here,” Carl’s cousin, Jason Bates, told the Huffington Post. “Your friends are like family here. People genuinely care for each other and don’t expect anything in return.”
In just 10 hours, volunteers harvested nearly 450 acres of farmland. Local businesses also pitched in by supplying food and drinks for everyone who helped.
Before the day began, Carl visited his farm to thank each volunteer in person. “It was special when Carl came out to see everyone,” Jason explained. “But the special moment was the moment of the day itself. Being together and enjoying the company of others through the work.”
It was a long day of hard work, but the volunteers were all smiles. “There might not be a lot of the amenities you find in a larger city, but it is unconditional support like this that makes you want to live here,” said Jason.
“It shows how helping each other no matter where you are from, can lead to tremendous positive results. It fills us with pride to be from here,” he shared. “It shows how many good, selfless people there still are in this country.”