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Craigslist post inspires Eau Claire couple to give

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The season of giving is upon us and for one local couple they're taking their giving to a new level this season.

It all started with a Craigslist ad.

"I was cruising through there one night and found a gal that needed some Halloween costumes," said Karla Highley "So we brought some over to her house."

That one act of kindness sparked a determination to give to those in need.

"It felt good to give," said Highley "So we wanted to go above and beyond just giving out Halloween outfits and maybe start something to help other families."

Out of a small storage unit Karla and her husband Keith run ARK, or Acts of Random Kindness, giving away donated items for free to those in need.

"We're happy to do it," said Highley "It's something we really want to do and it's really our pleasure to do it for them."

Since they started ARK about a month and a half ago close to 20 people have responded to Karla's Craigslist ads, to help fill up their small unit, or receive help.

"We're pretty amazed that people have stepped up as much as they have," said Highley "It's really good."

Right now it's a storage unit with boxes and bags but they hope to add shelves and hangers to create a shop-like experience.

"Hopefully we can be a big difference to the community," said Highley "and let them know that we need more help for these type of people that are struggling all year long. Not just at Christmas."

While the space maybe small. This couple isn't afraid to think big.

"We're really motivated to start a food pantry," said Highley "There's a lot of things on the back of our minds that we'd like to do. The main goal right now is letting people that are in need take what they need for free."

In the end, knowing that they've helped someone in need is what is most important to Karla and Keith.

If you would like to contact Keith and Karla send them an email.

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