SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Thurston family is receiving some much needed help Sunday after their barn went up in flames, killing more than 300 chickens.
Dozens of people showed up at the Havurah Farm to help the Sherer family raise money for a rebuild and show their support after their barn full of chickens burned to the ground.
Their next-door neighbor witnessed fire crews battle the fire on the morning of April 29. She says when she saw the barn was a total loss and the majority of the chickens were killed, she wanted to do anything to help.
In two weeks, she was able to put together a fundraiser that brought many small farms and businesses to donate.
“I feel like we’ve gained a lot too and that is with our community of friends coming together and just showing us a lot of support. We just could not do that without friends coming together and helping us out,” said Jeremy Sherer, owner of the farm.
Also at the fundraiser today was the McKenzie Fire Rescue, who let kids shoot the fire hose.
Sherer says he’s already working with an architect and drawing up plans for a new barn and he says the new one will look similar to the old one but a few modern twists.