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Fundraiser set up for beloved community activist after house fire

Ronnie Guy, a local dad, found himself displaced this week.
Ronnie Guy

A Minneapolis man "known for helping others" through tough times is now seeing that help returned after a life-changing incident this week. 

Ronnie Guy, a key organizer with Twin Cities Relief Initiative (TCRI), left his home on Tuesday to work out with his daughter and "within minutes" got a call that it was on fire. 

He returned to find his home engulfed in flames, and though no one was hurt, Guy "lost his house and everything in it, including several hundred dollars of donated items" for TCRI, an email from GoFundMe says. 

Now, TCRI volunteers are trying raise $10,000 in donations to support Guy's "family of four (with a baby on the way!)," who were also living in the home that burned down, according to the GoFundMe. 

"Ronnie has been an incredible, undeniable and irreplaceable force all summer for his volunteer organization Twin Cities Relief Initiative," fundraiser organizers say, noting that Guy has "fed protesters, mourners, unhoused people and those in need all across the Metro since the killing of George Floyd in May."

As WCCO notes, TCRI was launched in the wake of Floyd's death, with Guy using a "thousand dollars of my own money" to feed mourners and demonstrators at 38th and Chicago — site of the May 25th killing — with his barbecue grill.

The station says the organization grew to 125 volunteers, and that its mission to feed people in need continues despite the fire that displaced Guy. 

So far, the fundraising effort has garnered over $5500 — more than half of its goal. You can view the GoFundMe right here. 

Minnesota is entering the most dangerous time of the year where house fires are concerned; according to the State Fire Marshal, "most home fires occur in the winter" due to increased use of heaters.

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