Good neighbors plan benefit for Dave Carr
Wood Lake, Neb.
On Friday, January 14, 2011, I went to Springview, Neb., to a Benefit jam session for Dave Carr.
This young man has cancer. He and others were the entertainment, he plays guitar and is a good singer. I introduced myself to him and he asked me to do some poetry. We visited for a while and he said the cancer had hit him suddenly, fast and hard.
He also told me he had deep faith in the Lord’s ability to heal him, with the help of good doctors. With that in mind, he was upbeat and optimistic and it showed in his performance.
While sitting there listening to the music I started thinking how great it is that people of this area so willingly come together to help one of their own. The senior center had about all the people in it that it could hold. The ladies of the community had brought many pots of soup and a wide assortment of goodies. People donated items to be auctioned off.
There were also item donations from businesses from Springview, Ainsworth, Bassett, Valentine, Winner and probably other towns. The bidding was lively, with more than one sale on some items. There was also a basket for donations and I don’t doubt quite a bit of money was raised to help Dave in his crucial fight.
I also got to thinking that only in farm and ranch country are you likely to see such an outpouring of support. So much different than places where next-door neighbors don’t know each other and don’t want to. Country people, and I include small town folks, care about their own and are quick to help out a neighbor in need.
We have seen that many times, neighbors bringing their machinery and making short work of putting up a disabled, or deceased, neighbor’s hay. Or feeding cattle, when a friend has to be away with an ill family member. That was once done for me and I will be eternally grateful.
Maybe I am off base, maybe this does happen in other parts of the country. Perhaps other folks care about the welfare of others like they do here. I do know it happens in the Sandhills, in ranch country, folks jumping in and doing whatever they can to lend a hand in helping someone who is down to get back up.
That’s just the way it is.
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