You’ve got to admit that farming is one tough job. It usually requires getting up at the crack of dawn, and working until dusk.

But for one community, the occupation is also a labor of love. And, they proved that when they came to the aid of a heartbroken man who had to bid farewell to his 4-year-old granddaughter.

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On Nov. 5, Steve Wollyung of Connersville, Indiana, was in the middle of harvesting the last 112 acres of his farm when something unexpected and terrible happened. According to FOX 59, Steve’s beloved granddaughter, Ayla was hanging around the farm equipment. She got stuck inside the grain wagon. Once recovered, she was flown to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Not only did the grief-stricken granddaddy lose his precious granddaughter, but he also had to put his duties on hold. When news of the tragedy reached family friend Tara Henry, she knew she had to do something to help Steve.

Tara found a few folks who volunteered to drop everything. They helped finish covering the rest of the 100 acres that Steve could no longer do. They planned to finish the work on Nov. 12. When that day came, those few volunteers tripled into at least 60!

The farmers’ generous gift practically brought tears to Steve’s eyes.
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“I couldn’t believe it when I saw everyone show up to help,” said Steve, “All of the support and the number of people wanting to help is just overwhelming. It was emotional to see everyone. Whatever we needed, they brought.”

Steve’s gratitude did not go unnoticed either. As a matter of fact Tara added, “There were lots of tears, and it felt so good to help them. They are a wonderful family. And with all the turmoil in the world right now, it felt so good to witness this. Unfortunately, I wish the help didn’t have to come because of this tragedy, but it just shows how much everyone values Steve, and how close this community is. We all know Steve would drop everything to help us, and this shows everyone else doing the same for him.”

A grieving grandfather gives thanks after receiving the ultimate gift Twitter- Fox 59
Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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