“Jason is always giving back, to 4-H, FFA, Farm Bureau. He’s always there to help. Now, it’s going full circle,” Roberts said of her brother and the benefit Saturday.
In addition to the tractor ride, there will be a drive-thru pork chop dinner Saturday.
The tractor ride will begin and end at the Schwab Family Farm Market, 3967 Oxford-Reily Road, across from Talawanda Middle School. Registration is $20 and will begin at 9 a.m. with the ride of 30 miles starting at 11 a.m. and expected to last four to five hours.
The drive-thru pork chop dinner will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Collinsville Community Center, 5113 Huston Road. The cost will be $10 per meal which includes a grilled pork chop, Jojos baked beans, Mac N' Cheese and a chocolate chip chunk cookie.
Roberts calls it a near-miracle her brother survived and credits the fact that several people first on the scene were able to help stabilize him, but there is a piece of equipment she feels is at least partly responsible for his surviving such a horrific crash with a train.
He was driving a truck belonging to his son, Justin, that morning. A previous owner had installed a cage behind the cab after an incident in which boards has broken through the rear window of the cab. The frame of that cage stuck up above the level of the cab.
“I personally think that cage took the brunt of the damage in the rollover,” she said.
Roberts said the family has been busy with the farm work and have had help from neighbors with the hay and the hogs, pitching in wherever needed.
“It was almost overwhelming from the start. People here are like that giving, supportive. It’s different with the pandemic, Jason is not allowed visitors. It’s just the great, full giving heart. He is just blown away by the support,” she said. “The community did what the community does around here.”