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Neighbors rally together to raise funds for sidewalk

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – “We want a sidewalk.”

It’s a message neighbors on Southwood Avenue are hoping to spread. They say cars cruise by as kids walk on the side of Pettit Ave to places like school and the bus stop.

“I just sit there on my porch and watch as kids go down the street and cars go with them also,” said Sue Keirns.

It’s something neighbors say isn’t safe.

“We want our kids to be able to be safe walking to school, walking to their friends house. We just don’t feel comfortable with them doing it without a sidewalk there,” said Charity Murphy.

So? Neighborhood parents decided to do something about it. They got in touch with city leaders about what steps need to be taken to get a sidewalk installed. With the help of a city program called the “50/50 Cost Share Program,” neighbors are able to sign a petition saying they want a sidewalk and pay half the cost to get one installed.

“We have to raise around $4,000 dollars, so we started a go fund me page,” said Erin McGuire.

In just three days, neighbors have already raised more than $2,000. If you want to help, you can go to their gofundme page.

Neighbors say they hope construction on the new sidewalk can start in June.

Kayla Stewart

Kayla Stewart anchors ABC21 Morning News.

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