A Ladysmith farming couple whose beloved barn burned down earlier this week said their “hearts are full” as locals rushed to provide assistance, and hundreds contributed to a fundraiser set up to help them through this tough time.
“Oh my goodness!! The outpouring of love and support in our community is beyond words.”GoFundMe Campaign Organizers
A GoFundMe campaign set up by the couple’s friends has raised nearly $18,000 towards a $20,000 goal, thanks to the community’s generosity in and around the small Vancouver Island town.
“Oh my goodness!!” wrote the campaign’s organizers. “The outpouring of love and support in our community is beyond words.”
“We are still in shock and assessing what and how to move forward.”Rebecca and Justin Dault
On Monday evening, Rebecca and Justin Dault were horrified to look out their window and see their heritage barn on fire. The couple, owners of Yellow Point Farms, which grows blueberries and other local produce, said in a Facebook post that they were “devastated by the loss.”
“We are still in shock and assessing what and how to move forward,” they wrote on Tuesday. “With the loss of so much potential revenue in the next few months due to cancelling farm tours, weddings, field trips, and camps, we are reeling. We don’t even know what we will do when it comes to blueberry and market season.”
“This is neighbours helping neighbours and farmers helping farmers.”Erica Defrane, Ladysmith Resident
However, community members immediately offered their assistance.
“All day long, our friends, family, and neighbours kept showing up for us, whether it was online offering kind words of support and donations or in person delivering hay, animal feed, generators, and supplies (and food and coffee for us too! Our power was out because the main supply for the farm was connected to the barn),” they wrote on Wednesday.
“We are neighbours, and this is neighbours helping neighbours, and farmers helping farmers,” nearby resident Erica Defrane told CTV News.
The couple said they are grateful. “Thank you so, so much. Our hearts are full with the love and support we feel,” they wrote.