This story of a group of Illinois farmers banding together to help another farmer in need is sure to warm your heart. When Ryan Springer of Pittsfield, Ill. was unable to harvest his corn due to his battle with brain cancer, a group of local farmers came to his aid.
A dozen other Pike County farmers stepped up to the plate when they found out Springer was unable to operate his farm equipment this year.
“It’s amazing actually. I’m flattered,” Springer told WGEM News. “I can’t believe they’re going to this extent. I’m going to owe them all a lot.”
Springer had approximately 600 acres of corn that needed to be harvested. With 13 combines and several tractor trailers and grain trucks in action, they finished everything in one day. A total of 25 semis were filled with corn!
“It’s a neighborly thing to do,” said Doug Harter, a farmer who helped organize the rally. “That’s why I live in a small town. It has a lot of benefits.”
Springer echoed Harter’s love for the small town. “There’s wonderful people, family and neighbors around here,” he shared. “I’m very, very blessed to have this kind of community around here.”
What a wonderful example of people in a community coming together to help someone in a truly meaningful way. We’re wishing Springer a complete recovery!