Community helps family rebuild after deadly fire

CREATED Apr. 25, 2013

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KENOSHA - The corner tavern is the heart of many Wisconsin communities, but the neighborhood around a deadly house fire is just now learning how big that heart can be.

“The bartenders are amazed,” said Bob Kavalauskas, owner of Bene’s Club on 63rd Street. “We’re getting so many phone calls the phone’s been off the hook all day today.”

Kavalauskas’ tavern has become the unofficial drop off point for donations to the Kuhart family.

The Kuharts lost their grandmother and everything they owned Wednesday morning when their house was destroyed in a fire.

Neighbors have filled the bar’s back room with clothes, housewares and toys for when the Kuharts find a new place to live.

“They don’t know if they’re going to be out of the house three months or six months or whatever,” said Kavalauskas. “So that should make it a lot easier.”

Since Bene’s Club is running out of room, a local businessman has offered storage space to hold the donations.

Donations will be accepted at Otto Nelson Moving and Storage, 6203 28th Ave. on Saturday May 4 from 8 to 11 a.m.

For questions, contact (262) 654-2171.