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Local Missoula businesses band together to help their own

Published On: Mar 12 2013 03:44:55 PM MDT   Updated On: Mar 12 2013 05:12:40 PM MDT
Local business, Silver Scissors

Silver Scissors owners donated a 10 by 10 storage unit to help Bill Crosier clean up his fire damaged machine engine shop.


NBC Montana has been keeping you updated on the aftermath of a garage fire in west Missoula that cost a small business owner his livelihood.

We last reported that individuals from the community were coming out of the woodwork to lend a helping hand.

Now it seems that other local businesses are lending Bill Crosier resources and money to help him in his recovery.

Chris Gerber, owner of Transolution in Missoula says, “As a small business owner if a fire happens, it can be very difficult to deal with, not only emotionally but financially; unless he had the resources, which we as a community have to help him with, because you know that was devastating to him.”

NBC Montana spoke with the owner of Silver Scissors in Missoula about a 10 by 10 storage unit they are lending to Crosier.

“We, as small business owners in this community, need to help each other out. I mean he’s my neighbor, I want to help in any way I can because I know he would do the same for me," says Robin Kautz, Silver Scissors owner.

Business owners we spoke with say there is so much more to be done.

“I hope people will see my contribution as a testament to how this is a man worth helping, I mean he really is.” Gerber says. “This really is a good community, and I know we can do something great for Bill.”

The day after Crosier’s garage caught fire, a benefit fund was started in his name at First Security Bank.

Individuals and businesses can help rebuild his business by donating whatever they can to any First Security Bank location or by mailing it to P.O. Box 4506, Missoula MT. 59806