The Carbon Library wasn't going to stand by and watch as a member of its own community is victimized again and again.

Carbon Grocery suffered from two major robberies in September, believed to be the work of thieves from out of town.

Holly Laffin, Board Chair of the Carbon Library, is spearheading the fundraising campaign.

"We started talking about the robberies in town and Andy being robbed a few times and therefore we decided to pull together and host a security block party event to raise money so that we could help him with bettering his security system."

The urgency of launching a fundraising campaign was evident as soon as the group thought of the idea.

"We thought of this and then, that weekend after we thought of it, he had got robbed big time where his door had been ripped off and we [said] 'OK, we need to get this letter out now!' and then, that night, they tried to do it again."

The first event will be a BBQ on Oct. 7, but money raised from the event will only be a drop in the bucket to meet Carbon Grocery's security needs.

"We're looking to raise $10,000 or $16,000. He needs shutter doors. He picked up a security smokes cabinet and a liquor caging. Anything and everything that'll help make this store secure."

Since the latest rash of break-ins, members of the Carbon community have gathered to looking into starting a Citizens on Patrol chapter. The group hopes to get the paperwork completed and be up and running by November.

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