A farming family in western Minnesota is picking up the pieces after losing a structure, equipment and many of its animals in a devastating Christmas Eve fire.
Cornerstone Farm is located in Henning, Otter Tail County, and specializes in organic and non-GMO foods. On Thursday, its barn burned down, taking with it 1,000 goats, 15 peacocks and a family dog:
"All we could do was stand there and watch our dreams burn for 15 mins before the fire departments got there," writes Brittany Springer — who runs the farm with her husband Stephen and their children — in the Facebook post.
The barn was a total loss, and none of the family's goats survived the blaze.
Now, Cornerstone's clients are rallying around the farm, with nearby Sugar High Bakery and Confections appealing to its customers to contribute to a PayPal fundraiser:
You can view the PayPal fundraiser right here. It has a goal of $20,000. According to Sugar High, the family is also accepting donations via Venmo with the handle Cornerstone-Farm.
"They will not ask for help, but I’ll be damned if they don’t get it," writes the owner of Sugar High in her Facebook post.
Minnesota is now in the most dangerous time of the year where fires are concerned; according to the State Fire Marshal, "most home fires occur in the winter" due to increased use of heaters.