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Thank you for support in wake of loss

October 29, 2018
To our family, friends, the entire Boundary County community and beyond, we don't know where to begin. Has it really been three weeks? As many of you know, our lives turned upside down recently after we lost our business, The Wild Horse Mercantile, to a massive fire on the early morning of October 9. It has certainly been a surreal time.

Thankfully we are all safe, which is absolutely the most important part of this whole experience. We are trying to keep all of the "what ifs" out of our minds.

We have to begin with a special thanks to the first responders who came to our business on October 9. To the firefighters of Hall Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, Porthill Volunteer Fire Department, Yaak, B.C. and Moyie Lake B.C. Fire Department, we cannot thank you enough for your heroic efforts to keep everyone safe and for trying to limit the level of damage.

While we are devastated that the experience of the fire, we are consoled by the fact that these incredible acts of kindness will likely be a much more vivid memory.

It has been so important for us to see all of the goodness in the world in the middle of such a frightening time of uncertainty.

The compassion that has been shown to us started while the fire was still burning and continues each day. It has been overwhelming. Please know that all of you, with your presence, your thoughtful deeds and offerings, have made it possible for us to remain positive, cloaked in the outpouring of love we felt from wonderful friends and neighbors.

We certainly have a long road ahead, but it is so comforting to know that we are not alone. We are eternally grateful for everything the community has done for us.

It may be a while before we get a chance to acknowledge friends, families, and first responders individually, but know that we have seen every text, listened to every voicemail, read each email, and treasured each of the beautiful cards that have been sent. We are truly humbled by it all.

What makes a house a home is the people inside, and to many, including us, our business was a second home. And next year, when we return to 529503 Hwy 95, we will come back to our place with not only our family, but also the spirit of all of you who have helped us through this challenging time.

We will never forget the incredible support you have all given us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Ray & Beth Holmes
and staff from the Wild Horse Mercantile.

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