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'To help people' 5-year-old boy donates birthday money to Bayside fire victims

Posted at 9:52 PM, Mar 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-31 23:33:06-04

BAYSIDE — Fourteen families are now staying in Red Cross shelters after yesterday's fire in Bayside.

North Shoes Fire/Rescue was still on the scene early Sunday to ensure no one went inside as the apartment complex is still unsafe.

For families that needed a home after the fire, the Red Cross set up shelters at St. Eugene’s Congregation in the Village of Fox Point. That is also where many came to donate Sunday.

Patrice and Mark Mingo donated to the Red Cross Saturday and again on Sunday to help those displaced.

"We looked at each other and have more than we need. To see the smoke that was still coming from the apartments on the top, it makes you stop and think how lucky you are because it was really devastating for them," Mingo said.

Five-year-old Aiden Krouse has been saving all his allowance and birthday money for something special.

Today Aiden found a reason to spend it all – to donate to the Red Cross.

Aiden helped the Red Cross volunteer counted out his $55 and sealed it in an envelope. Aiden’s mother says she is very proud.

Nicole Gulatz with the Red Cross, has been helping those displaced and notices a change, the more people come out to help.

“Yesterday was hard, but today to see all the support and help from the community I think they are feeling good as they get ready to take their next steps," Gulatz said.

If you'd like to donate you can visit the Red Cross of Wisconsin for more information.