BRUNSWICK, Ohio – Family and friends gathered at St. Ambrose Parish on Saturday to remember the life of Keagan Sullivan.
The 4-year-old died during a fire at Hickory Hill Apartments on March 7. Several other people were hurt and the building was completely destroyed.
"Myself personally, I was one of the first people up at St. Ambrose Parish within an hour after notification of the fire and helped coordinate through social media people to bring in blankets and clothes,” recalls Kimberly Bublik.
She’s on the board for the Brunswick Blue Pride Foundation. She said many of the families are now struggling to pay their bills and find a place to live.
"Probably about 80 percent of the residents did not have any type of renters insurance and then with the second fire later on that week in another complex, there's a great need right now in the community,” she said.
Her group has already collected a lot of donations, but they want to do even more, so they’ve decided to team up with Panini's in Brunswick to host a fundraiser. It’ll be held at the restaurant on Monday, and every dollar made that day will go towards a fund set up to help the victims.
"It's devastating. All the families that are displaced. I can't even imagine losing all of my belongings,” said Director of Operations for Panini's George Fox.
He said they’re happy to host the fundraiser and hope to see a big turn out.
"We feel very strongly about being a part of this community and as a business, we should also support the community whenever there is an opportunity, so in certain situations we feel you know we need to step up and help where we can and so we're proud to do it,” said Fox.
St. Ambrose Parish will be in charge of distributing money from the fund.
For more information on the fundraiser, CLICK HERE.
To donate to Keagan’s family, CLICK HERE.