LATEST UPDATE (July 21, 10:40pm): Added another location to drop off cash/gift cards.  Thanks to those who have already donated online – the current amount donated is at $1159.00, which is great but they’ll need a lot more to get back on their feet.  Thank you friends of Envy.

On Wednesday, July 19, lightning struck a duplex in Shorewood, Wiscosin – right outside of Milwaukee’s East Side community. The fire started in the attic and extended down into the top-level apartment. The occupants include two adults and two children: Laura Kregloski, her daughters Emily and Brooke, and her boyfriend, Mike Glass. The entire group got out of the apartment unscathed, but lost most everything in the fire. They had just moved into this duplex two months earlier.

VIDEO: WISN’s report about the Shorewood house fire

ARTICLE: Account of the Shorewood house fire and the aftermath

Envy Creative operates out of Milwaukee, and we share an office with a local kickball organization run by our friend Dan, who happens to be the brother of Mike. During our first year at our office, Mike lived in the same building. Everyday, we were graced with Mike’s presence – mainly, he was nice enough to bring in our mail and engage in a little conversation. Always smiling and cracking jokes, it is impossible not to like Mike. When he said he was moving to Shorewood, Envy was kind of heartbroken – no more mail (well, we have to get it ourselves now, but still) and no more daily meetups with Mike.

We are beyond grateful that Mike, Laura, Emily, and Brooke (and their two dogs) were able to escape the fire, but it saddens us to know that the life they were building together inside that upper duplex in Shorewood is now mostly gone minus a few possessions that were spared.

Now the part where we hit you up for money, donations, and general support. We’re trying to do our part in helping out these great people, but we are just one company. We need the help and support of everyone out there who is willing to lend a hand to a family in need.  There are a couple of ways you can help.

Cash/Gift Card Donations

Friend of the family, Berit Kristensen Georgeoff, has set up a ChipIn page to handle online cash donations.  Click here to go to the page and make a secure donation.  Anything would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to donate any gift cards to the family, that would be much appreciated as well.  To drop off a gift card for donation, or to donate cash in person, please visit one of the three following locations:

 

Glasshouse Creative Commons

4918 West Vliet Street

Milwaukee, WI 53208

866-532-8828

 

Harpo’s Salon

5585 North Diversey Boulevard

Milwaukee, WI 53217

414-961-9824

 

Luci Boutique

532 N Water Street

Milwaukee, WI 53202

414-226-0144

 

Goods Donations

From clothing to household wares, they need a little bit of everything to get back on their feet.  Just think back to the last time to moved apartments or homes – yeah, they need all that stuff that seems to fill up those precious few moving boxes so fast.

In terms of clothing, I’ve included a list of the family and their appropriate sizes:

Laura – Size 6 pant and medium in tops
Michael – 32×31 pant and large in tops
Emily – Size 8 pant and large in tops
Brooke – Size 2 pant and small in tops

If you live in or around Milwaukee, feel free to stop down at Luci Boutique and make a donation of money and goods.  Their address is as follows:

Luci Boutique

532 N Water Street

Milwaukee, WI 53202

414-226-0144

 

Otherwise all donations can be dropped off or shipped to our office:

Glasshouse Creative Commons

4918 West Vliet Street

Milwaukee, WI 53208

Thank you for any help that you can provide this family, and thanks for taking time out of your day to read this post.

 

– The Team at Envy Creative

 

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