The community comes together to help a small business in Surrey that has been crippled by thieves.
It all started when Dane Jaeger showed up for work on Wednesday October 14 to find his mobile cafe trailer was missing. It was stolen outside the Your Coffee Story offices in Cloverdale (18663 52 Ave.) overnight. All that was left was a broken lock and a tarp.
“It was pretty devastating when it was stolen,” said company owner Jaeger. “It’s not just something that moves our goods, it’s the business.”
Jaeger posted on social media asking people to search for the trailer. Later that same day (October 14), he received a call and the trailer was found in the area of 18900 Street and 52 Avenue about three blocks away.
As the trailer was found, the crooks made off with the equipment inside – coffee scales, bar fridges, kettles and a generator.
Fortunately, Jaeger said, none of the coffee machines were stolen, as they are locked inside at night.
“But they had enough to cripple us for a while, until we could replace some things.”
Jaeger’s coffee business helps fund the vocational training center he runs. The hope of this center is to “train baristas and give job skills to people who are looking to re-enter some sort of job market or enter it for the first time,” Jaeger said.
Your Coffee Story manager Krista Gommeringer said staff have been overwhelmed with an influx of community support, from people sharing their posts to item donations and more.
For example, Vancouver small business owner Chad Camacho created a GoFundMe to help out. By Friday afternoon, nearly $500 had been raised.
Click here to donate or for more information on what was stolen.