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Ruiter Family Barn Fire Recovery

$54,960 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 589 people in 9 months
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Created September 9, 2017
Since 1962, two generations of the Ruiter family have farmed Black Rapids Dairy Farm, on land leased from the National Capital Commission (NCC).  Throughout that time they have been a staple in the community.

(The barn before the fire, as seen on Google Street View)

As you may have heard, on Friday September 8 their livelihood was destroyed by a devastating fire.  Although the family had insurance, sadly the damage goes far beyond what was insurable. Insurance will not provide enough to cover the massive loss and to rebuild their lives. The early estimates of damage exceed $1 million.

(photo by Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen)

We know that in times of need the Ruiters have always been the first to step forward and help.  In this difficult time, we - a group of friends from their community - have come together to create this fundraising campaign. These funds will assist with their immediate and ongoing needs.
  






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Thank you to everyone who has donated to this fund to support the Ruiter family. The outpouring of support from the community has been amazing!

We will be winding down the campaign this week. It will be deactivated on November 9, two months after it began. Below is a thank you from the Ruiter family to everyone who has supported them in any way over the past 8 weeks.

THANK YOU

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their overwhelming support shown to our family after the devastating farm fire that destroyed the machine shed, heifer barn and dairy barn on September 8th.

At this time, we would like to say a special thank you to the local farmers, our family and friends who helped us the day of the fire and the following Monday and Tuesday with the clean up. In addition, thank you to the farms that are generously housing our remaining cattle that have been displaced.

Unfortunately we cannot thank everyone individually as we had an amazing outpouring of support from our family, the community, fellow farmers, city folks, rural communities, parishioner’s of St. Monica’s, neighboring associations, local schools our children attended and people from across the province. Thank you for the phone calls, cards, letters, visits, prayers, food, gifts and financial support given to us. We would also like to thank the organizers of the Gofundme page and the organizers of the Blackrapids Farmfest event.

We are forever grateful for the kind generosity shown to us by so many people. Thank you so very much.

BLACKRAPIDS FARM---PETER AND ROSEMARY RUITER & FAMILY
“IGNORE THE RAIN LOOK FOR THE RAINBOW”
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$54,960 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 589 people in 9 months
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Created September 9, 2017
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