Texas Farmers Pull Together to Harvest Crops for Beloved Neighbor with Cancer
Four hours later, all 1,200-acres of cotton were on their way to be ginned.
Greg Bishop’s 1,200 acres of cotton were due to be harvested and he was under strict doctor’s orders to stay indoors. The Floyd County farmer is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia, but it would never occur to him to ask for help.
It turns out he didn’t need to. About 35 to 40 of his west Texas neighbors got together and did it for him.
"He's a very good Christian man. Just a good-hearted man. He's very humble. He's just the best person," Aaron Hendricks, general manager of Floydada Co-Op Gins, told Inside Edition.
Knowing that chemo had weakened Bishop’s immune system to the point that he must stay indoors, Hendricks said the community came together to come up with a plan to take care of his crops.
Hendricks, who has known Bishop for 25 years, told Inside Edition that he had to turn volunteers away.
"They all said, 'What can we do? We're ready to help,'" he recalled. "We had people come from 100 miles northwest of us to help.”
Local companies even offered to donate fuel, but the farmers refused—they wanted to provide it themselves.
On Monday they showed up to Bishop’s farm with $12 million worth of farming equipment. Four hours later his entire crop was on its way to be ginned, Inside Edition reports.
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Hendricks said Bishop was completely overwhelmed by the community’s act of kindness.
"He was in tears,” he said of their phone call on Wednesday. “He couldn't thank us enough for what we did."
He said that Bishop is in good spirits and is on his way to Baylor University Medical Center for a bone marrow transplant. Hendricks said several of their neighbors volunteered to be tested to see if their marrow is a match.
"We've started a fund to raise money for him to stay in Dallas," he added. "Everyone wants to help."