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Holmen Cares fund aims to support local victims of tragedy

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Holmen, WI (WXOW) -

The Holmen community has rallied together in light of recent tragedies.

In January, a 12 unit apartment complex was destroyed after a small tire compressor caught fire while plugged into a resident's vehicle lighter. The flames spread quickly from the garage, encompassing the entire complex. All residents of that complex were forced to find housing elsewhere. Luckily, nobody was injured.

Related: Tire compressor cause of Holmen apartment complex fire

A victim of that fire is close to Features Sports Bar and Grill owner and general manager James Steinbrink. He came to Steinbrink after the tragedy, and Steinbrink knew he had to support him.

With the support of local officials, the Holmen Cares Fund was born.

The Holmen Cares fund is run largely by James Steinbrink and Holmen Police Chief Shane Collins. It lives at Park Bank in Holmen. The fund quickly grew after the January tragedy with overwhelming community support, and the proceeds went to assist victims of that fire.

On Monday, February 5, yet another tragedy struck the community. A single family home was lost in another fire, and the resident family was displaced. Once again, the community quickly rallied behind that family, and the Holmen Cares fund was prepared to help once more.

Related: UPDATE: Family loses home to fire

Chief Collins says the goal of the Holmen Cares fund is to keep an account balance present and available in case another emergency strikes. They aim to assist those who need it most, when they need it most, until victims can get back on their feet. 

James Steinbrink and Chief Collins say the best place to bring monetary donation is directly to Park Bank in Holmen.

If you would like to donate gift cards, they will be accepted at the Holmen Police Department.

For any further information about the Holmen Cares fund or to learn how your help plays a role, you can contact Holmen Cares at holmencares@gmail.com

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