Anonymous donor helps Manitou Springs business hurt by flooding

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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. -- A Manitou Springs business owner and flooding victim is getting a helping hand from an Arvada man she's never even met.

Friday's flood sent water and mud cascading into the basement of Angie Findley's store, Stick 'em Up!Signs and Decals, drenching many of the clothes she sells as a side business on eBay.

The Arvada resident, who insists on remaining anonymous, saw Findley being interviewed on Saturday and got an idea.

"I got to thinking, I've got two closets full of clothes upstairs just sitting there and I'm trying to decide what to do with them," he said.

The clothes belonged to his wife who died earlier this year. "What better way to make my wife happy, give them to somebody else," he said.

On Sunday afternoon, the clothes were stuffed into a FOX31 News van and driven to the Manitou Springs store where they were unloaded.

Findley, who is still trying to salvage some of the $75,000 worth of clothes that were soaked, said the new items would appeal to her eBay customers and came in very handy.

"Thanks a lot, helps much," she said, exhausted by her weekend cleaning efforts. "It kind of validates me. Someone understood and that's the kind of help we need is something to help us get our business going again."

The Arvada man said he's been in Findley's shoes.

"Years ago, I didn't have two dimes to put together," he said, moments before he handed over his wife's clothes. "I know what that's like."

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