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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- City leaders, organizations and the community came together Friday, May 1, to help out the people living in the neighborhood near 12th and Hadley in Milwaukee, where five people were killed in their home earlier this week. 

Dozens of people collected items like hand sanitizer, masks and toilet paper, and packed up bags to deliver them door to door.

Milwaukee Alderman Russell Stamper joined the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention, Community Task Force MKE, We Got This, and community members to deliver the items. 

They call them "happy bags" and the items were donated by many people in the community. 

Community activist Vaun Mayes said, the residents in the community often face a lot of struggles and the coronavirus has only escalated some of those problems. 

"We know that idle time causes a lot of things and of course the mayor mentioned money and poverty. Those are not the causes for what happened in particular, but these are issues in this community. Right now, people don’t know when they return to work, how they are going to pay their rent. All these different things, so something like I said to save some money to do a small, kind gesture just brings a little bit of hope,” Mayes said. 

The City of Milwaukee has a website for anyone who needs help due to domestic violence. CLICK HERE for more. 

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Rommel 33 days ago
I guess social distancing is not an option.
MichaelAli 34 days ago
Used to drive my School Buses around that part of town taking kids home at night and some would get scared saying " don't drive down this street "
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