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Help Rebuild Hope Cress Farms After Fire

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Dear friends, neighbors, and supporters,

It is with heavy hearts that we reach out to you today on behalf of the Van Grouw family, the resilient owners of Hope Cress Farms in Hope Township. In the early morning hours, tragedy struck as a devastating fire consumed their beloved barn, claiming the lives of over 40 pigs and 400 chickens. The Van Grouws, who have dedicated their lives to nurturing their family farm, now face the daunting task of rebuilding from the ashes.

Hope Cress Farms is more than just a piece of land; it is the Van Grouw family's livelihood, an active farm, and a cornerstone of the community. The impact of this fire goes beyond the loss of livestock; it has shattered their way of life and left them grappling with the daunting challenge of starting anew.

To make matters worse, fate dealt a cruel blow as their insurance had recently lapsed, leaving the family to bear the financial burden of the extensive damages. The immediate needs are pressing, including securing hay for their surviving cows and replacing vital tractors and farm equipment that were crucial to their daily operations.

The Van Grouw family has always been a cornerstone of community service, with four family members actively serving in the Hope Volunteer Fire Department. When the alarm sounded, they rushed to the scene, desperately trying to salvage what they could between the flames and smoke.

Now, in their time of need, we, as a caring and tight-knit community, have the opportunity to rally together and support the Van Grouw family as they face the monumental task of rebuilding Hope Cress Farms. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a meaningful difference in helping them recover and restore their farm to its former glory.

How You Can Help:

Donate: Your financial support will go directly towards rebuilding the barn, acquiring new livestock, and replacing essential farm equipment.
Share: Spread the word! Share this fundraiser on social media, in your local community, and with friends and family to amplify our collective impact.
Volunteer: If you have skills or resources that could assist in the rebuilding process, please reach out. Your time and expertise are invaluable.
The Van Grouw family has always been there for us, and now it's our turn to stand by them. Together, we can bring hope back to Hope Cress Farms and ensure that this cherished family can continue their legacy of hard work, dedication, and service to the community.

Thank you for your generosity, compassion, and support.



  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 3 mos
  • Laura Apollo
    • $10 
    • 3 mos
  • Reid Paul
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Renee Berlamino
    • $100 
    • 3 mos

Organizer and beneficiary

John Kruk
Hope, NJ
Greg Van Grouw

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