The Village of Carbon came together in the spirit of community to support local shopkeeper Andy Kim who owns the Carbon Grocery store.
“The Mail” reported in its September 27 edition that Kim’s business has been the target of break and enters and thefts. The Carbon Library rallied the community and put together a fundraiser to help him boost his security, and raised in the area of $10,000.
The Kim family was pleasantly surprised by the turnout, and humbled by the support and generosity on October 7.
“I am overwhelmed, I never expected that much money,” said Kim, who has been in Carbon for about 11 years.
What makes it even more impressive is that it only took a couple of hours. The Security Block Party was scheduled for all afternoon, however, because of the blustery weather it only lasted a couple of hours. They had a barbecue with hot dogs and chili for a free will offering. Handmade fall crafts and pies were also sold with all proceeds generously donated to this cause.
More than 100 came out for the cause. Kim was impressed that a couple of school-aged girls were able to raise $540 alone.
The goal was to help Kim upgrade his security. He says that now he is able to buy security shutters, chain doors, and other security items.
“They are doing everything they can to chase the thieves away. They are helping me more than I can ever imagine,” he said
“It is a special place that’s for sure.”