Local Woman, Red Cross Help Families Affected by Fires

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After two apartment fires left families without homes last week several area agencies came together to help those families get back on their feet.

But people from the community have also decided to help by making sure those victims have the basics they need to live day-to-day.

Last week Local 5 met Katrina Kolpien, a witness to the fire on Fisk street.

She is proof that everyday people can do great things.

“As soon as I left from there I felt like there had to be something I could do,” says Katrina. “I started reaching out on Facebook and just asking people to imagine what it would be like to lose everything and immediately people started messaging me back.”

From that Facebook post, Katrina gathered a car full of donations, even traveling 84 miles to pick up some of the items.

All of this after facing some tough times of her own.

“I’d been spending the last week grieving after the loss of my boyfriend on the 29th and it felt like the perfect opportunity to take the focus off myself and do something that mattered,” says Katrina.

And it does matter to the 28 families that lost so much.  

Many stopped by First Assembly Church to find help.

“What I get from it personally is is a sense of helping other people,” says Bob Mayer with the Red Cross. “Thankfully no one got seriously injured in this fire, no one was killed. ” 

Though the flames did not take a life they did take almost everything else.

Katrina was able to give one family car seats, toys, beds and men’s and women’s clothing. 

Even if it’s a while before they have a place to call home Katrina says this is what she was called to do.

“I’m still getting people reaching out and everyone wants to help. “It’s just amazing when people come together and how all of the little miracles get weaved together.”

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