LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - (WXOW) - To help the homeless this Christmas, one La Crosse man is putting himself in their place.
Dressed as Santa, Robert Bailey is sleeping on the streets, instead of in his bed, to collect money for La Crosse's homeless.
Bailey said he knew two homeless people who recently lost their lives. One froze to death in the cold; the other was wearing dark clothes and got hit by a car.
Now Bailey wants to buy flashlights, clothing and rent motel rooms on cold nights, for the area's less fortunate.
"It could have been any of us out there. We're all closer to the edge than we think we are a lot of the time and when people are in that circumstance, it's up to us to reach out and help them," Bailey said.
Bailey will be collecting donations outside the Antique Mall downtown until Christmas.
Donations can also be sent to: Santa Mission, Mayo Credit Union, 605 West Ave., La Crosse, Wis. 54601.
Bailey hopes to raise $2,500 by Christmas.
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