DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — A devastating fire left employees without places to work. Now community businesses are rallying to help get them back on their feet.
It happened at the beginning of the month on North Water Street between Eldorado and Cerro Gordo streets.
Five businesses helped raise money for the victims of that fire. They called it Shop Local for a Cause. They did this because some of them realized it easily could have happened to them.
“We’ve got the means to do it here. If the shoe was on the other foot I’m sure that small businesses would step up and help,” Jim Howley says.
That’s why some are trying to give back something to those with nothing.
“We’ve seen tragedies with other small businesses so we just decided to help them out and show them how much we love them and support them and we hope they come back,” Judy DeBouck says.
Judy DeBouck works in Giggles on Merchant Street, just one of several lending a hand.
“Can you imagine how that must make you feel now knowing you’re down and out just to know that somebody cares enough to donate proceeds?”
Right down the street, Taproot is doing the same. Manager Jim Howley says they know it could make a difference.
“Every little bit helps, every little bit helps. So I’m sure our part will help tonight,” Howley says.
The day before Easter is a busy day for stores like Giggles. It’s similar to Black Friday so they know they’ll be able to do some good.
“We’ll be writing a substantial check I’m sure but it will all be worth it in the end,” DeBouck says.
Howley has a message to share with the businesses trying to rebuild.
“Come back and help revitalize downtown Decatur,” Howley says.
Speakeasy Records & Oddities, River Coffee Company, and Tried & True Tattoo are the businesses which burned to the ground. The money raised will go toward helping them get a new start.