KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Aaron Heizer and his fiancée Janie Adair raised more than $6,000 to help hurricane evacuees in the Killeen area.
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Heizer is an Army veteran and owns a small leather supply store called Maker’s Leather Supply in Killeen.
He sells supplies, does custom work and even teaches leather work.
When people were being evacuated because of Hurricane Harvey, Heizer and his fiancée were heartbroken and knew they had to do something to help.
“I can’t even imagine losing everything you got. I can’t imagine being relocated in an area that you’re not familiar with,” Heizer said.
“We wanted to do something to help and we talked about possibly going to shelters trying to help cook meals and things like that, it wasn’t enough we wanted to do more.”
On Aug 29, the couple brained stormed and came up with the idea of raffling a few dyes and tools online from the store.
The couple expected to raise a couple hundred dollars because they have customers all over the United States.
They also have a large leather crafting fan base on social media.
Adair says they had no idea how big their fundraiser would get.
“We thought maybe $500 but by the time we went to bed it was up to $1,200 it was insane,” Adair said.
Other leather workers, including someone from Europe joined in to help. They donated custom and historical items to be included in the raffle.
The raffle ended Sept. 1, and the couple had exceeded their expectations raising $6,500.
“It makes me feel really good about our customers and our friends in the leather craft world,”Heizer said.
“Everybody chipped in to do this.”
The couple presented the check to the Salvation Army and it helps as many people in Killeen as possible.
“I hope that it blesses them, I hope that it gives them what they need and that they know that people care,” Adair said.
“There’s people out there that care and that will help them anyways we can.”
The couple says they will continue to find more ways to help.