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Business Saved by Strangers After Theft

Updated: Friday, August 1 2014, 05:49 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS (Ben Garbarek) – Thieves nearly ruined a Marine’s business, but strangers came to his rescue.

Eddie Quick is a carpenter with Norwegian Woods. Back in June, he said someone broke into his work van and stole roughly $14,000 worth of his tools.

“(It was) completely emptied out, van completely empty, back doors left wide open,” Quick said.  “I was heartbroken.  I was in shock.  I was panicking.”

He was afraid his small business was ruined. “I hope someone enjoys their new construction company because mine just got completely taken from me,” he said.

The same day as the theft, a friend of his put out a plea for help on GoFundMe.com. About a day and a half later, he had enough money raised to buy back about half of the tools that were stolen.

“It started taking donations right away and from around the world, around the country, people I had never met before, friends of friends,” he said.

Now his business is alive and well. He’s replaced nearly everything taken from him. He’s back to work every day thanks to the kindness of strangers.

“(It’s) one of the most fantastic things to happen to me,” Quick said. “It was amazing to have an outpouring from so many friends and strangers to help me stay in business.”
Business Saved by Strangers After Theft
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