ROCKFORD, MICH. - Dozens of Corner Bar employees are now without a job. The restaurant and bar nestled in downtown Rockford was destroyed by a fire on Monday.
Within hours of the fire, local businesses owners knew they had to do something to help those who just lost their livelihood.
"Coming from the serving industry it's just hard for anyone to take any amount of time off," Amie Uccello, owner of Uccello's in Rockford, said. "It's a cash based business so they're used to having the cash in hand."
Which is why Uccello knew she had to do something.
"It could have happened to any one of us and Rockford is such a great community they would have picked us up too," Uccello added.
Uccellos is hosting a fundraiser, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening from 4:00 p.m. to close. They are giving 15% of their proceeds to the Corner Bar employees and are accepting cash donations for the group as well.
"We're just helping a neighbor out."
They're also offering jobs to those who need it -- whether it be part-time, full-time or whatever Corner Bar employees need.
A giving spirit carried over just a few doors down. Where small business owner Kendra Parker created a t-shirt to sell online. All proceeds going to Corner Bar employees.
"Right away the buzz was 'we have to find a way to help those employees,'" Parker the owner of River Babe Threads, said.
But Parker isn't stopping there, she's teaming up with dozens of other businesses to do even more.
"We are organizing a community day where 15% of the sales from businesses in the community will go towards the relief fund. Our immediate goal is to do $7,000 in Meijer gift cards so they can take care of needs like groceries and gas."
Parker says certain businesses will also have drop-off bins where people can leave schools supplies for the kids of the parents now out of a job.
Businesses participating in the “shop for a cause” fundraiser are: The Pump House Rockford, Uccello’s Rockford, Greenwell Rockford, River Babe Threads, Bailey & James Boutique, Sassy Pants, She Active, Aunt Candy’s Toy Store, Lee & Birch Rockford, LA Miller Boutique, Full Circle, LBD Exchange, and Haven Creek.
River & Co. Studio located on Courtland Street will be open on Thursday featuring pop-up vendors and craft table where children can fill out Thank You notes for police officers and firefighters.
Also, the Brownie Troop #4729 out of Roguewood Elementary School will be volunteering Wednesday and Thursday to help distribute bins, as well as selling cookies and helping at the craft table at River & Co. Studio.
For more information about the Rockford Community Day, visit the Facebook event page.
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