Community members mobilize to help local businesses affected by fires and burglaries
By Connor McCarthy
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – After weeks of local businesses hit by devastating burglaries or fires, community members are helping, creating a GoFundMe channel for affected businesses.
One of them is Kenton Antiques who was robbed last week. Owner Maureen Bachmann said whoever broke a stole, jewelry, camera and iPad, all valued between $ 5,000 and $ 7,000. She said she arrived at work Tuesday morning to find her business vandalized.
“They spent quite a long time going through the door and then breaking down a door,” Bachmann said.
This is not the first time that Kenton Antiques has been broken into. Bachman said in October 2020 that burglars stole between $ 20,000 and $ 30,000 of items, including jewelry.
“It’s been tough here,” Bachmann said. “There have been a lot of armed robberies recently, store break-ins, I don’t know of a store in this neighborhood that hasn’t been robbed at least once in the last year.”
To help recover from this year’s heist, a community member set up a GoFundMe. As of Friday, there had been more than $ 3,000 in donations.
But she is not the only one. Community members have also set up GoFundMe for St. John’s High School, Thai Touch Cuisine, and Hiddenbed Oregon. All suffered a burglary or a devastating fire.
“I don’t want to cry but it was an incredibly sweet gesture,” Bachmann said. “It’s hard for me to ask for help and it’s just nice to see people stepping in to help where they can. “
However, Bachmann said the community shouldn’t have to rely on GoFundMe to recover from setbacks.
“We’re out there turning around 20 commons to each other,” Bachmann said. “It would be nice to have things like security in place and an environment where burglaries aren’t necessary to start.”
Bachman said she was adding more security to her business. But she added that all she could do was pick up the mess left behind by the burglars and move forward with the community of Kenton by her side.
“There is an amazing community here and being able to be there for my community, helping them,” Bachmann said. “I have been president of the Kenton Trade Association for over 10 years now. It is one of the best areas to live, hang out and have a business.
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