Dierbergs Offers Community Support to Help Rebuild the Farmhouse Destroyed by Fire at Randy’s Rescue Ranch

Dierbergs Offers Community Support to Help Rebuild the Farmhouse Destroyed by Fire at Randy’s Rescue Ranch

For Immediate Release: January 6, 2020

Dierbergs announced today that it will be taking monetary donations at the Green Mount Crossing location in Shiloh, Illinois from January 7th – 13th as a way to help facilitate community support for rebuilding the farmhouse at Randy’s Rescue Ranch in O’Fallon, IL, which was destroyed by a fire late Saturday, December 28th, night.

The farmhouse was a shelter for elderly, disabled and terminally ill dogs from Stray Rescue of St. Louis; a nonprofit center that rescues homeless and abused dogs, and one of Dierbergs’ long-standing community partners. Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue & Randy’s Rescue Ranch is looking to rebuild the ranch; asking for house crates for big dogs, soft dog beds, blankets, and monetary donations.

“We are saddened by this recent tragedy at Randy’s ranch, and we felt we needed to do something to engage the community and help,” said Laura Dierberg Padousis, Vice President and Secretary of Dierbergs Markets. Customers can elect to donate $1, $5, or $10 to support the rebuild until January 13th. “100% of all donations at our Shiloh, Illinois store will go directly to help rebuild the ranch,” Padousis added. Dierbergs will also be matching a portion of donations collected during this timeframe.

Dierbergs Markets, with the help of many customers have a long history of supporting Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Throughout the year, animal loving customers have the opportunity to donate to the nonprofit at the register during check out. In fact, more than $22,000 was donated in 2019. “I’m focused on rebuilding the farmhouse for these amazing animals; and appreciative of Dierbergs and their customers for contributing to that effort,” said Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue & Randy’s Rescue Ranch.

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Randy Grim officially founded Stray Rescue of St. Louis out of necessity in 1998 after years of rescuing homeless and abused dogs off the streets and realizing there were no other resources available to help them. After he was too sick to continue to work with Stray Rescue, Randy started up Randy’s Rescue Ranch. Randy’s Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit where many different types of animals needing care such as horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, dogs, and cats are placed. In 2017, it became a horse rescue and a place for dogs with special needs, sent from Stray Rescue.

Dierbergs Markets traces its roots to a country store founded in 1854 in West St. Louis County. Four generations have managed the company, which had only one location until 1967. Today, Dierbergs employs more than 4,000 Associates in 24 St. Louis metropolitan-area stores and a location at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.

Media Contact:
Jamie Collins
636-532-8884 or collinsj @ dierbergs.com