SIOUX CITY | The owners of a western Iowa honey business destroyed by vandals last week said they have been overwhelmed by an outpouring of support from across the country.
Wild Hill Honey owners Justin and Tori Engelhardt discovered the vandalism Dec. 28 while dusting snow off their 50 hives in western Sioux City. The crime, which is being investigated by police, killed a half million bees and caused an estimated $60,000 worth of damage not covered by insurance.
Two online fundraising accounts approved by the couple have since been shut down. The two raised more than $35,000.
The Engelhardts issued a thank-you on their company's Facebook page over the weekend.
"Because of you, we will be able to continue our business in the spring," the couple wrote in their post. "We are deeply moved by your compassion."
Between contributions and equipment that could be salvaged, the husband and wife said their needs have been met — and all fundraisers for Wild Hill Honey have closed.
"Our wish is that this spirit of compassion will be used to help others now," the post read.
In another post Friday, the Engelhardts said they had "no idea our plea for help with identifying the vandals was going to travel so far and wide.
"People have been so generous," the post read. "We will definitely be able to bring our bee sanctuary back to its former glory."
Wild Hills Honey began six years ago. The business sells jars of pure, raw and creamed varieties of honey and other honey byproducts.