Sometimes something happens that restores our faith in humanity—and it’s not an overstatement to say that’s the case in which farmers in Nebraska helped a young man in buying back his family’s farm.
David lives in Nebraska, and his family has been farmers for decades. However, many years ago, an ancestor sold off the land of 80 acres to a relative who did not have the family’s best interests in mind. That meant what they had spent decades building vanished in a split-second of bank interaction. This upset the whole family.
David was determined to win it back and rebuild their business. So when the land was up for auction several years later, David and his father chose to do their best to win back the farm again. They spent sleepless nights trying to come up with every possible way to acquire the assets and reclaim their land.
But their hearts sank on the auction day in 2011: more than 200 farmers were gathered there. David and his dad thought their chances of winning the family land back were slim, but they still wanted to give it their best shot.
What the farmers did next surprised David and his family.
When the auctioneer began, David and his father placed their bid and held their breath. To their surprise, the room was suddenly silent, not one of the other farmers spoke up.
It turned out that more than 200 farmers had a change of heart about the land. Every single one of them understood how much the land meant to David and his family. They decided not to bid, so that the young farmer could win it back for his family.
After three times, the auctioneer had still not heard a response from a single farmer except David. He finally slammed down the gavel and gave the auctioned land to David and his father.
“I’ve had two profoundly humbling days in my life,” David said. “The first was the day my son was born. The second was that unforgettable day at the auction house.”
What an amazing show of solidarity by those 200 farmers from Nebraska toward this family. This act of kindness has indeed melted our hearts.