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Aid for woman who lost business in fire

A Keremeos woman who lost her business in a fire last week, is slowly getting back on her feet thanks to help from the community.

A fundraiser was held at Emmy's Bake Shop last Saturday to assist Jennifer Montgomery, and a second is slated to be held later this month at Silver Scissors, a hair salon.

"It's overwhelming," said Montgomery. "I have only been in business and lived here for two months, and I feel like I've been here forever."

It was an early morning fire on Feb. 3 that saw her pet grooming business, The Paw Spa on Main Street, go up in smoke.

Emmy Woroby, the owner of Emmy's Bake Shop, said she wanted to do her part because Montgomery is a nice person and she wants to see her get her business operating once again.

"I was always taught to do unto others as you would like them to do unto you," she said. "And if I was in that predicament I would like someone to help me out."

On Saturday, she along with volunteers, took in donations and sold hot dogs for $2.50 or more.

At the end of the day, $1,040 was given to Montgomery. Woroby said she is continuing to collect donations.

Silver Scissors is planning its fund-raiser for Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Owner Kim Messom said she knows Motogomery through her little dog, and she has taken very good care of him.

"She is such a kind spirit, and when I saw her on the news I was in tears, because she lost everything," said Messom.

Her effort will include serving cake. People who donate can enter a draw for prizes every hour.

The prizes will be focused on hand care, or in Messom's words, human paws, because of the nature of Montgomery's business.

Messom has already collected donations from people who will be away on the 24th and encourages others to come by the store.

"Anything that anybody can do will help," she said.

Silver Scissors is located at 710 7th Ave. in Keremeos.

Montgomery is also keeping her business going out of her home, thanks to donations of clippers, brushes and leashes.

Her vet provided her with tons of towels.

"Word is getting out, I am still working," she said.

Those interested in setting up appointments, can reach her at  (250) 499-6073.

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