Ayla, a 4-year-old child who lived on a farm, got stuck while playing in a tractor in a tragic accident. Despite being almost immediately airlifted to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, she passed away later that day.
The tragedy took place just as her grandfather, Steve Wollyung was finalizing the last harvest for the year.
He had 112 acres left to go in his harvest, but with the death of his granddaughter looming, it seemed like too much of a task.
The day following the accident, a family friend, Tara Henry, a local in the community, was made aware of what happened and got to work.
She first phoned Carmen, Wollyung’s wife, to check to see if the harvest has been completed.
When Carmen said no, Tara reached out to a couple of other local farmers to see if they could help Steve.
Word quickly spread and soon over 60 people – from several different areas – came through to offer their labor, equipment, and their time.
On Saturday, November 12, they all made the trip to Steve’s farm to help him out.
They showed up with their combines, grain carts, and semi trucks. Other people from the community brought food, drinks, and other helpful things.
At 10 am, after praying and remembering Ayla, they started working. They also brought with them a sense of community and much needed emotional support for the family.
Wollyung was so thankful that so many people showed up to help. By 5 pm, they had taken down 18,643 bushels, and the harvest was completed!
Tara said that while there were many tears, it felt great to help the family.
Wollyung hopes that as the story spreads across social media, so does the awareness about the dangers of children playing on farms.