Two local businesses devastated by fires have taken to the Internet to raise funds.
On May 30, an accidental fire destroyed a barn owned by Cayuga Pure Organics, a small farm 4 miles east of Ithaca that grows dried beans and grains.
And on June 26, a fire burned down a local woodworking shop, The Wood Doctor, on Frontenac Road in Trumansburg.
Since then, both businesses have taken to the Internet to raise funds to make up for the losses.
Anne Riordan, Field Manager for Cayuga Pure Organics, says the outpouring of community support has gone way beyond her expectations.
“We’re consistently approached by people who want to have fundraisers,” Riordan said. “It’s been mind-boggling.”
Riordan says she’s optimistic, but the business might not make it if they don’t raise enough money.
“To be quite dire about it, if we don’t we receive enough of the funding to rebuild, CPO probably won’t survive,” she said.
Steve Peck, owner of the Wood Doctor in Trumansburg, says he’s also seen great community support.
“Until you’re really in the shoes of somebody whose had a fire, you just don’t realize what a hole that puts in your soul,” Peck said. “The only way I’ve kept going is through the help of friends and family in the community. It’s been life-saving.”