tornado damagePeople throughout the state of Illinois experienced severe storm damage or even lost their homes over the weekend. It seems as though its times like these that a community’s strength and willingness to help is tested. We have seen people making donations, taking in their neighbors, volunteering to help clean up, and doing anything else they can to help those who experienced such great loss. Farming communities are no exception to this great sense of community and willingness to help a neighbor in need.

In Washington County, a dairy farm was hit by this devastating storm. Rain, shine, or tornado, these cows need to be milked twice a day and have fresh food and water. What is a farmer to do when his farm has been torn apart by Mother Nature?

Luckily, he has neighbors like the Hasheider family. After the storm hit around 12:30pm on Sunday, Larry and his brother hooked up their livestock trailer and helped to relocate the displaced cows to 3 different farms in the area that were willing to take care of them until their barn is rebuilt… All in time for the cows to be milked Sunday evening.

As devastating as these events have been, the outpouring of support and aid that people have been willing to give instills hope and gratitude in all of us. All communities, rural and urban, have proved that there is still a lot of good in the world with the actions they have taken to help others. Of course, everyone hopes that something like this will never happen to them. But it is comforting to know that if something so devastating ever did happen, your friends and neighbors will be there to help you pick up the pieces.

Rosie PhotoRosie Sanderson
ICGA/ICMB Membership Administrative Assistant