Waukesha is coming together to help the Christmas parade victims in many ways.

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Waukesha’s Salvation Army brought coffee and food for emergency responders.


“Most of them work nonstop, and they don’t take breaks for anything, so it’s just our thanks for what they do,” said Mike Nieman, Waukesha Salvation Army.

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Neiman joined the Waukesha Christmas Parade with the organization’s truck – but he was ahead of the massacre.

“It made me really sick. I have kids. I have grandchildren. The first thing I thought was that I hope the kids are okay. And everyone else, they come down to a happy time and then so on.” Something chaotic happens. It’s just heartbreaking,” Neiman said.


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Kip Rupple witnessed that tragedy.

“It’s hard to believe anything so cruel and vicious. I killed a person and got dead and something I never want to see again. And I feel so bad for the little kids who sat with us.” It was,” said Rupal.

Now, Rupal said his car dealership plans to donate to the “United for Waukesha Community Fund.”

“I grew up going to this parade and marching in this parade. And in Waukesha I know everyone has a similar story. So there’s heartbreak, but there’s also a deeper sense that there’s something that we We can come together and support each other,” said Amy Lindner, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.


The Waukesha County Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County have joined together to form the “United for Waukesha Community Fund”. The fund will support the needs of families affected by the tragic event at the annual Waukesha Christmas Parade.

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Shelley Marquardt, president of the Waukesha County Community Foundation, said, “The Waukesha Parade is a big hallmark of the entire season. It brings the community together. It’s a time of celebration.”

To date, 1,300 donors have helped raise more than $200,000.

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“This feeling of being able to help is a great anecdote of the sense of helplessness that some are feeling right now,” Lindner said.

whoever wants Show That Their Support Can Do It visiting the donation page,

need for blood donation

Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s Varsity Blood Center is working on its Metro-Milwaukee donation centers. On November 23, 24 and 26, seven area locations will open additional hours to accommodate those in our community who are rolling up their sleeves to answer the call for life-saving blood donations.


Of all the blood types required, type O positive and O negative are most in demand. O positive is the most common blood type, while O negative blood is the universal type that can be safely obtained by all patients in an emergency when the blood type is not known.

Donors are encouraged to visit the Varsity Blood Center of their nearest Wisconsin donor facility and make an appointment today:

  • greenfield: 7210 W. Edgerton Ave.
  • kenosha: 8064 39th Avenue
  • Milwaukee: 638 North 18th Street
  • Racine: 1120 S. Sunnyslope Drive
  • Waukesha: 2111 Springdale Road
  • west bend: 130 Valley Avenue
  • wuwatosa: 8733 Watertown Plank Road

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-877-BE-A-Hero or visit the online varsity versiti.org/WI, As center staff serve donors who respond to this urgent need, wait times can increase.

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It takes about an hour to donate blood. Anyone 17 years of age or older in good health who meets the eligibility requirements is encouraged to give. Parental consent is required for donors who are 16 years old to donate blood. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their date of birth.