Anaconda – Shebrews Coffee in Anaconda and Butte is raising funds to help local organizations and families in need during historic floods that rocked small town communities in Montana.
“The first thing I saw when I turned on the news this morning was that house fell into the river and I said ‘Oh my God, what are we going to do?’ “I immediately thought it’s okay, fundraiser. We have a platform here so why not use it?” said Tricia Handy.
Shebrews Café owner Tricia Handy witnessed the devastation caused by the flooding of the Yellowstone River in Gardiner and Livingston.
I’ve seen videos of Rock Creek rushing through the streets of Red Lodge and photos of the Stafford Animal Shelter being evacuated in Livingston.
“The animal shelter in Livingston was completely flooded, so I think we can do something for them,” Handy said.
10% of sales will go to flood victims and there will be jars in both windows at each donation location as well.
Handy and her directors, Mary Frisbee and Mandy Armstrong, want to challenge the other companies in Butte and Anaconda to start fundraising to help victims, too.
“I think this is just a huge opportunity for all of us to help our fellow Montana residents and show we care about you guys and we’re here for you,” Frisbee said.
“Just wanting to reach out and help as many people as possible is our goal,” Armstrong said.
Handy asks that the flood-affected nonprofit is accessing Shebrews Coffee.
“My heart just hurts because I think about how scared they must be, so we really want to help people,” Handy said.
Anaconda and bot will raise funds until Sunday.