Community rallies around children who lost their parents in murder-suicide

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FOX VALLEY, Wis. (WBAY) - People in Northeast Wisconsin are rallying around three young children who lost their mother and father in this week's murder-suicide in the Village of Harrison. Donations have been pouring in for the kids, a fifth-grade boy and two girls -- one in third grade, the other only three years old.

Help for children who lost parents

Deputies say Sara Schmidt was shot and killed by Robert Schmidt just days after she filed for divorce.

Marta Statz is just one of several local mothers collecting donations for the three Schmidt children.

"It just hits close to home as a parent, and wondering ways we can help," said Statz, "so we thought just a gift card basket, helping get things to these kids that they might need."

In the short time since the idea was posted on the "Neighbors and Friends of Darboy Park" Facebook page, gifts and gift cards for restaurants and grocery stores have come in.

According to Jennifer Johnston, another mother helping to collect for the kids, "Every time we turn around, someone is at our door with $25, $50, and all of those gift cards are going to go straight to the family, and we're hoping that that will just help with some of the burden of what's to come."

Skyzone is just one business to donate experiences for the kids.

"Ten jump passes for each one of the kids. It's not going to heal anything, but maybe it will take their mind off of things for a while and let them have some fun and be kids again," says Mike Hesler from Skyzone.

While much of the focus is being put on the gift card collection for the kids, others are encouraging people to donate to Harbor House, a domestic abuse shelter, in Sara Schmidt's name.

And Action 2 News has learned the family is working setting up some sort of trust fund for the Schmidt children as well. We will post that information to when we receive it.

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