There's a reason Buffalo's called the city of good neighbors - when someone gets knocked down, you rally around them and help pick them back up. There's a WW2 vet in Lewiston that's getting a helping hand from his neighbors, and maybe you can help.
There's nothing better than honey from a fresh honeycomb. If you've never had it like that, you don't know what you're missing...and if you have, you know exactly how great it is.
When I was a kid, a neighbor was a beekeeper, and he sold off the honey to the neighborhood. I remember getting that fresh honeycomb and how it wasn't like anything I'd ever had. Even better was chewing on the honeycomb after the honey was gone. Those are such great summer memories. Those kinds of memories were almost destroyed for people in Lewiston, including Duke Williams. Duke is a World War Two veteran and has been a beekeeper for 50 years. Last week, he lost his barn to fire. Luckily, that's not the end of the story. Because this is Buffalo, the city of good neighbors.
He lost honey supplies, antiques, and war memorabilia. But the insurance company will only pay him 15 cents on the dollar for his losses. Which, I think you'll agree, is ridiculous on its face. It's also a slap in the face to a veteran who's given so much for our country.
According to WKBW, Patricia Susice, Owner of Everyone's Eating Fresh, spoke with Duke as he stopped by her shop to ask if she'd buy some eggs and what was left of the honey. Duke told Susice he was a war veteran and that insurance won't help. Susice felt like she needed to step in and help, according to WKBW.
After that, Patrice posted on social media and set up a donation box in her store. This is where the community of Lewiston banded together and stepped up to help Duke. Over the weekend, they raised $1500.
Now there's also a Go Fund Me page if you'd like to help. They have a goal of $20,000, and in four days, they've raised just over a quarter of that.
If there's a better way to thank someone for their service to our country, I can't think of one. This seems like the least we can do. Duke, I'm sorry for your loss and thank you for your service.