Throughout the years, there have been times when people come together to help someone in need at a time of crisis, especially in the farming community.
About 3:30 p.m. July 15, Matt Schoenbeck was injured in an accident during construction of a new home on his farm, on Offner Road, east of Monee.
Schoenbeck suffered brain trauma from a skull fracture. He was airlifted to Stroger Hospital in Chicago, where he remains sedated and where his parents, Lloyd and Patty Schoenbeck, have remained at his side, along with his girlfriend, Kerri McDonough, of Beecher.
With 250 acres of wheat still in Lloyd and Matt's fields, Jeremy Pickens, Ralph Biesterfeld and Matt's sister, Sarah Kelly, rallied farming friends to finish the harvest so Lloyd could stay with Matt.
Fifteen to 25 friends from Monee, Beecher, Peotone, Grant Park, Crete and Herscher were gathered to help, bringing three combines, two field grain trucks and five semi hoppers for the harvest. Food was donated and prepared. With a lot of commiserating, chatter, planning, joking and hard work, the wheat was in the elevator and Matt's storage bins by the end of the second day.
The people donating their time included Ryan Heldt, Pickens, Ralph Biesterfeld, Travis Hodgin, Jake Biesterfeld, Bruce Becker, Roger Becker, Nick and Cole Saatoff, Steve Jacobsen, Darren Deutsch, Terry Sparenberg, Sarah Kelley, Mark Herlitz, Matthew Herlitz, Randy Lange, Ralph Heldt, Monroe Strieggow, Kenny Krabbe and others.