CLARK COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Neillsville community is showing support for the families impacted by a crash Friday in Clark County.
Kelsey Zachow and her mother Tracey are collecting donations for the families of Michelle Kunze and Genie Carrillo. “Genie I've known for quite some time and Michelle I knew her through work and stuff like that and mutual friends," said Zachow.
The two women leave behind eight children total. Six from one family. Kelsey says she felt it was important to do something to help so she began collecting donations online the day after the accident. “I started getting donations within an hour of me starting it," said Zachow.
Support for the victims has been pouring in, even from local business owners. Tommy Kirschbum, owner of Midwest Tattoo in Marshfield says his shop often gives back to the community and wants to help the family. ”A ton of people reached out to us because of the children that were involved in this tragedy," said Kirschbum. Midwest Tattoo runs a holiday toy drive each year for families in need. Kirschbum says he plans to donate toys from the toy drive to the children of the victims.
Community members are helping in any way they can. "Our friend Susie who also has a location, that we're going to try to figure out another way to raise funds for funeral costs," says Kirschbum.
Zachow says someone even donated food for the family to have Christmas dinner. "It makes me happy that there's so many people that actually will come together...coming from a small community...it makes it a lot easier to get more people to be involved," said Zachow."Without helping each other...none of us would have nothing. God called me to do that," said Kirschbum.