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Community rallies around family who lost farm in fire

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In the wake of a devastating fire that destroyed a local dairy farm, the Schodack community rallies in an enormous way. YNN's Barry Wygel has more on a fundraiser for the affected family on Sunday and spoke with the couple.

SCHODACK, N.Y. -- For the Peter family, it didn't take long for help to come.

"They were there the day of the fire, and it has been non-stop from that point on," said Paul Peter, who lost his farm in a fire.

A fire in October ripped through the Peter's dairy farm, causing them to lose 20 cows and their barn.

"We just started going. The website raised about twelve-grand that people have donated. We had another fundraiser at Scarnato's where we raised just shy of $4,000. People have donated about $7,000 to a P.O. Box, so we're just around $20,000," said Jason Adams, who helped organize the fundraiser."

"The Peters are just givers givers givers. I'm so glad, everybody realizes that, and has given 150 percent," said Judy Dieckelmann, one of the Peter's family friends.

Sunday's fundraiser, held at the Maple Hill Middle School featured donations from hundreds of local vendors, and is expected to raise at least $6,000.

"I was shooting for $20,000 when we started this, and now everything else is icing on the cake," said Adams.

True to their character, when told of the generosity of their community, the Peters immediately began to think of what they can do to give back.

"Paul actually wanted his wife to bake a pie for everyone who donated. She would have to start a bakery," said Dieckelmann.

"Every summer we do a pig roast. Next summer's pig roast might be really big," said Jan Peter.

"My father's saying was, you can't outdo the Peters, if you give them a chicken, they'll give you a cow. They are always going to one up you. They are just such a giving loving family," said Dieckelmann.

With the help of neighbors, the dairy farm that has stood as a fixture of the community for more than 100 years, will be back to full strength next summer.

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