Alverno students find man's body, plan homeless benefit

CREATED Nov 28, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Melissa Thomas says a project with classmates turned terribly sad.
The Alverno College students found a body near McKinley Marina.  They were working on cleanup project to stop trash from getting into Lake Michigan.  Police told the group the body was a homeless man that had been living in the woods.
"At first, we didn't know how to take it.  We didn't know how to react," Thomas said.  "This is someone who died because they had no shelter."
Within days of finding that body, Melissa and the other students started to put together an event.  They were inspired to help other homeless people in the Milwaukee area.
Their 'Stuff The Bus' benefit is this Saturday, December 1 from 7am-5pm at the Alverno College loading dock.  
Donations of warm clothing, hats, gloves, mittens, blankets, non-perishable food, sanitary items, diapers, paper goods and cash will be accepted.  Items and money collected will benefit Hope House of Milwaukee and Burlington Transitional Living Center.
"This event is an honor to the person who died," said Hope House executive director Ken Schmidt.  "At any one time, we have over a thousand people living in a homeless shelter in this town and we figure there are at least another thousand people living on the streets."
Alverno College is located at 3400 S. 43rd Street in Milwaukee.