Good Neighbors

Farmers Unite to Save Harvest for Neighbor With Cancer

It's heartwarming to see how the whole community got involved. And we mean everyone!


When was the last time you helped a neighbor out? Maybe you lent them your lawnmower, or gave them a cup of sugar.

Farmers in Ritzville, Washington recently took "being a good neighbor" to a whole new level when they came to the aid of fellow grower, Larry Yockey.

Yockey, 64, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 skin cancer and suffered two broken bones as a result. When he was faced with the dilemma of not being able to harvest his wheat fields for the first time in 50 years, which is how he earns 100% of his income, he spoke with his neighbors.

The following weekend, a crew of around 60 people and dozens of vehicles arrived to Yockey's farm to complete the harvest. While the farmers took to the fields, other members of the Adams County community, including the local fire department, did what they could to help out. Some folks brought food and drinks for the workers, others ran the baling machines.

Yockey and his family were floored by the community's generosity and watched on as the farmers completed three weeks of harvesting in just six hours.

"It's just awe-inspiring to see how fast these fields are evaporating now," Yockey told CBS News .

"It's not describable the gratitude I have for what's going on."

How can you help out a neighbor today? We encourage you to be kind to others and #StartSomethingGood.

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