Community harvests 800 acres in 1 day to help O'Donnell man - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/16/09

Community harvests 800 acres in 1 day to help O'Donnell man

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – A farming accident about a month ago forced an O'Donnell man off his feet. That is when his friends and neighbors decided they would do what he couldn't, harvest his crop.  

Almost 80 people gathered at Alan Barrett’s land about 40 miles south of Lubbock Monday to harvest his cotton. Eight-hundred acres and $5 million worth of equipment, but nothing could come close to the value of a community coming together to help one of their own.

NewsChannel 11's Ann Wyatt Little and Photojournalist John Berry show us how an O'Donnell farmer got more than he could have ever asked for.   

"We've come to harvest crop for neighbor who got run over by a tractor," says farmer Ben Franklin.

"Alan would help anyone at anytime. He needed help and community said we're going to do this," says farmer and volunteer Bruce Vaughn.

Some of the strippers drove 25 to 30 miles to help. Nearly 75 to 80 people showed up to aid Barrett.

“His crop is in good hands. There’s hundreds of years of experience harvesting this cotton. I don’t know how to say it. It was a labor of love for someone who needed it,” says Vaughn.

What would normally take two and a half months took these farmers and volunteers just seven hours to do. “This is not just the farmers. All three gins nearby are working with us to gin his cotton,” says Brad Williams.

“The gins are picking them up as quick as we can kick them out,” says Franklin. "He didn't ask for it. He's worried about us doing this because didn't know how to re-pay us. There's no re-paying to do. It is what this community will do when chips are down for someone," says Vaughn.

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