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League of Enchantment seeks help after a trailer fire destroys items

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LANSING – A group of Lansing residents who dress in superhero costumes and try to lift the spirits of sick children now need the public’s help after a trailer fire destroyed most of their costumes and other belongings on Sunday.

“On Sunday, as we moved into our new office, our beloved League trailer caught fire, destroying an estimated $40-50,000 worth of merchandise including hospital care package toys, office equipment, computers and items used for our annual gala ” the spokesperson said. League of Enchantment Michigan said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

“While we assess the damage, we are raising money to replace our trailer and lost items. As a non-profit organization, we can only survive thanks to the help of our amazing supporters. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you for being the heroes who help us do what we do,” the post said.

The League of Enchantment was founded in 2017 and became a non-profit organization. The group of about twenty adults and teenagers focuses on helping sick children and other charities. Events range from reading at schools to helping with fundraising.

The leaders of the group are Shamus and Katie Smith, who got married in 2022 while dressed as Batman and Wonder Woman at the Capital City Comic Con.

A Facebook fundraiser started by Katie Smith had raised more than $5,000 of the group’s $15,000 goal as of Wednesday morning, with more than 70 people offering money.

Summit Comics & Games in Washington Square has set up a fundraising site to collect new toys for the group, which hands them out during hospital visits with children.

“While we typically support them with a toy drive at Christmas, we are launching an emergency toy drive to help replenish their supplies,” Summit said in a Facebook post. “Your generosity will brighten a child’s day in the hospital.”

On Sunday, the league’s Facebook page explained that after loading a trailer with the vast majority of the league’s gear in storage to take to the new office, a tire blowout caused a fire that engulfed the entire trailer .

“League officials are working on an insurance claim and hope to recover at least half the value of these items,” the group said. ‘Unfortunately, the loss will also have consequences for the annual budget and business operations. The board is currently working to take stock of the losses and determine how and when to ask the public for support.

“The most important thing to note is that no one was hurt, and the League of Enchantment can and will continue its mission to bring smiles to children and those at heart through the power of cosplay,” the post said.