Storm damaged business turns to online fundraising

Posted at: 08/06/2013 6:28 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Most messes and lives are back to normal after the huge storm that passed through the Albuquerque Metro area almost two weeks ago. But not for everyone. KOB Eyewitness News 4 found a local business that's gotten creative. Not wanting to sit around waiting on insurance claims and checks, they started their own fundraiser. For themselves.

"We need your help to get back on our feet," is the web message they've set up. Gamers Anonymous and Meta Logic are housed under the same roof on the edge of Corrales. It was that same roof that collapsed due to heavy rains nearly two weeks ago. Co-owner Jon Sakura has never seen rain like that in Albuquerque.  

"As most people saw it was unlike anything we had ever seen in Albuquerque so far. Nobody is prepared for something like that."

The storm destroyed nearly a third of their store. Video games, computer servers and thousands of dollars worth of merchandise: gone. They've gotten overwhelming support from gamers and friends. So far, Sakura said, they've raised over $5,000 of the $15,000 they're hoping to raise.

"This is really going to help out at least getting the store back up and running. But I think it helps a lot more to know that we have such a great fan base."

Regular customer and gamer Alan Werner said he's contacting anyone and everyone who will listen.

"They're not a big company. They're not a major company. They are built here in Albuquerque locally."

Sakura said they can't wait to get their Corrales store up and running again.

"The more the merrier and you know, we owe you guys a million for being our great customers. Help us out. Get back on our feet. Local gaming can survive. Absolutely."

If you want to know more about their fundraiser or want to know how you can help, click here.

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