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Community comes out for employees of burned down business

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TUCKER, GA (CBS46) -

There was a big turnout to help employees of a Tucker business on Thursday.

The Greater Good Barbecue held a fundraiser to help the employees of Handy Ace Hardware. They had a silent auction, raffle and donated a portion of the day's proceeds. The event was so successful, they ran out of food.

"I personally know most of them by their first names and their families and my heart just broke when I heard they were going to be out of work," said customer Freda Wilson.

The family-owned business on Cowan Road burned down at the end of December. The Smith family started doing business in DeKalb County 75 years ago.

"It was just like 'oh.' It's not a good time to be out of a job and by no fault of their own. It's sad," said customer Lola Jones.

Scott Ellenberger manages the barbecue restaurant. He decided to hold the fundraiser to help the hardware store's 35 employees who are out of jobs.

"Something just hit home and I felt like it was necessary to do something for the employees," said Ellenberger. "They just went out of their way to be nice."

Ellenberger said he doesn't personally know the hardware store's owners or employees.

The hardware store was known for having everything.

"It was my favorite store. I would bring people from out-of-state even to see it. It was the greatest place. It's a devastating loss," said customer Rick Muska.

It was the employees who made an impression.

"The people, every aisle they had experts. People went out of their way. They were like family," said Muska.

Thursday night, Ellenberger said they were counting the money raised, but it was thousands of dollars.

The Greater Good Barbecue also received so many items for the silent auction they will auction off more items the week of the Jan. 14.

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