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Local store collects donations for Antigo victims Submitted: 05/06/2016
ANTIGO - Messages of support have been pouring in throughout the state since the prom shooting tragedy in Antigo.

Two Antigo women are continuing to support the community by collecting donations not only for the family of the shooting victim, but for the family of the shooter as well.

You can find a box at the Thirsty Soul in Antigo where people are placing words of encouragement, cash, and gift cards for the Wagner and Cooper families.

Lisa Sennholz is a mother of two Antigo High School students. Her son was at prom the night of the shooting. After that night, Lisa knew that something had to be done.

"My first instinct was to do something, to actually reach out and help in some way," said Sennholz. "And I said, I just feel like we need to ask the community to rally around these families and give support."

Lisa and Diane Kondrath, the owner of the Thirsty Soul, originally just hoped to collect cards of encouragement for both the Cooper family and the Wagner family. Soon, they began to collect gift cards and other monetary donations.

"I am overwhelmed with how many people have come in, and cared for both families equally," said Kondrath.

That led to a person in the community wanting to help with the funeral costs of the Wagner family, he cited faith as the reason.

"He had really felt that God had laid it on his heart to give a specific amount to the Wagner family for funeral expenses," said Sennholz.

Diane and Lisa plan to keep collecting donations indefinitely. Both women feel the response shows how strong Antigo really is.

"Antigo has people filled with hearts of compassion and generosity and care," said Kondrath. "It's really true, we have an awesome group of people who live in this community and I think this is just proving that."

To donate, you can visit the Thirsty Soul in Antigo.

Story By: Marissa Mizroch

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