What My Town Proud Really Means! #MyTownProud @AmericasFarmers

What My Town Proud Really Means!  #MyTownProud  @AmericasFarmers

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Growing up in a one red light town was special to me. I remember going to the store, and before I would get home someone would have already called my mom and told her I was there. The older I got, the more I understood and realized what it really means to be proud of where you came from.

My niece at the age of 11 was having some health issues, I had already graduated high school and was working on my college degree when I was informed of her problems. She had several tests before the problem was finally discovered.  She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. We, the entire family and town, were shocked and really upset about this diagnosis. We did what most small towns do, we got together and decided the best way to help was a fundraiser since we were several hours from the larger facilities and specialized doctors who would be able to assist her. We knew my sister and brother in law would have to travel and would need the extra cash to cover these expenses.

Within two months the whole town came together with an amazing auction, fundraiser, bake sale and BBQ plate sale. I remember meeting people I had never met before and thinking, wow these are some of the nicest people. They were sympathetic and caring even though they did not know Cindy.  Everyone came and everyone donated. They even went above and beyond and donated a brand new red golf cart to her. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the whole town after that day.

I have since moved away to another state, but was just as determined to raise my children in a small town. Our population is 200 and we don’t have even have a red light. We have made a point of attending many fund raisers and small-town functions while living here.  We want our family to understand how a small town proud works together to help one another.

My niece grew up, married, and gave our family two amazing little girls before we finally lost her to the disease in 2009.  Again, the town came together to say goodbye to Cindy.

ABOUT AMERICA’S FARMERS

The America’s Farmers programs, sponsored by The Monsanto Fund, put the farmer in the center of the story. In rural communities throughout America, farmers not only provide food and fuel, but they are also pivotal characters in their communities – often serving as the backbone of the areas in which they reside. Through the Grow Communities, Grow Rural Education and Grow Ag Leaders programs, The Monsanto Fund, with the help of local farmers, celebrates the accomplishments throughout communities with grants to help them continue to grow and thrive. A new campaign sponsored by the programs called My Town will continue this celebration of the people, places, and stories that make small towns great.

The America’s Farmers programs are encouraging others to share their proud moments. I would love to know why you are #MyTownProud in the comments section. You can also follow the My Town campaign on the America’s Farmers social channels:

Comments

  1. What a lovely story, I love small towns, sometimes I really wish I had grown up in one. Life is a journey, maybe I will end up finding a nice little quiet town to retire in.

  2. I loved reading this post! I live in a large city now but grew up in a small town. My grandparents were farmers. Their barn burned down the night prior to my aunt and uncle’s wedding. It was amazing to see how much support and assistance the people of the town provided to my family during that time.
    – Taryn
    http://www.peplumsandpushups.com

  3. This is a great inspirational story. The towns reaction to your niece’s prediciment was amazing. I also have a similar story my cousin was diagonised with the same disease and his little village in rural Ireland came together and raised thousands in funds for him to get him treatment. Sadly he passed away too a few years back.

  4. It’s beautiful the way the town came together for your niece. I’ve never belonged to a community like that, and honestly, I’m a city girl at heart, but I can see what you love!

  5. That is an amazing story! I love how your town came together for someone in need! What a great place to live! I think what you are doing with your kids is a great idea too so they also experience that community spirit.

  6. Stories like these show the kindness of a small town and how it comes together, when in times of need! Your little town is adorable! Thank you for sharing and may your cousin’s memory be eternal!

  7. Such a lovely story, I wish there is more of these nowadays. I’m from a small town myself, though it’s a bit larger comparing to yours. But I love the community, the spirit and the fact that we knew each other.

  8. I have never been in a town that small and whenver I pass them I can’t even imagine living somewhere like that. Personally my high school with 800 people was already way too small for me when everyone knew everything about everyone! The perks you mention are definitely true though — it must be amazing to have a strong enough community that people will come together and be so giving.

  9. Small towns are great and have so much to offer. We moved a lot when I was growing up and I think small towns are better than the big city for children to grow up in.

  10. I love that your town sounds like such a close knit community! I’m from NYC so it’s really hard for me to imagine what it would be like to live somewhere where you can actually see the stars at night, know all of your neighbors’ names, and eat organic food straight from your hometown.

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