CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. — The Citrus County community is coming together to help the families affected by a fire at a popular eatery in the area.

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  • School supply drive will last until August 12
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When Kim's Café II owner Kim Kernz heard about the fire at Crumps' Landing in Homosassa, she knew she had to do something to help. 

"My heart breaks for them," Kernz said.

Firefighters believe a propane tank caused the fire on July 13th, leaving over 100 employees out of work. 

Kernz decided to do a school supply drive for the employees' kids. 

"It's not their fault their parents are out of a job now and they need supplies to go back to school," Kernz explained. 

They've only been doing the drive for a few days and have already gotten hundreds of donations.

"Everybody has been donating like crazy. I'm up to around, I think the last count today was over $800 I have collected," Kernz said. 

And they're not the only ones. Seagrass Waterfront and Tiki Bar partnered with the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce and Crumps’ Landing to hold a fundraiser on Wednesday from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. to assist the Crumps’ staff.

"It's a small community, everybody helps each other. Most of this industry, they live by day to day. So we just thought we'd help them," Basil Green, Owner of Seagrass Waterfront and Tiki Bar, said. 

"The people in Citrus County are unbelievable. They're so generous it's crazy," Kernz explained.

The school supply drive at Kim’s Café II will be going on until August 12.