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Area farmers lend a helping hand to a fellow farmer in need

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Kindness is no stranger in the small west Texas towns littered throughout the South Plains; so it's no surprise that 30 friends and neighbors showed up to lend a helping hand for a fellow farmer in need in Wilson, Texas.

Sitting off FM 2192 Craig Wilke's cotton farm was buzzing with cotton strippers leaving a hazy dust as the men worked relentlessly for hours harvesting the crop. Craig, leaned up against his truck with crutches in hand, took in the scene. "Oh you can't express it in words what it means," Craig said. "It's awesome what they do for you. Everyone's willing to help out in these small communities and it's great."

Just last Friday Craig came home from a week-long stay at the hospital. Earlier in the month he had stepped on a mesquite thorn, and as the weeks passed it became infected to the point surgery was needed.

With doctor's orders to stay off his foot for a month, Craig had no way to harvest his 300 acres of cotton. For his friends and neighbors there was no question on what needed to be done. Craig, the fire chief at the Wilson Volunteer Fire Department was always lending a helping hand. It was now their turn to help him.

More than two dozen of his friends and neighbors went to work. Bringing in their own equipment, Craig's fields were filled with the sweet sound of kindness as the men harvested the fields. What normally would take Craig four days only took the group four hours.

"It's what he would do for us when it comes our time," Ray Elhers said chocking up. "It's great to see we're still a community.

It was sight that showed in these small communities kindness is king, right up there with cotton. "There are still plenty of good people out there that will stop what they're doing and help you in a time of need," Craig said.

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