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MCTS Driver Inspires Campaign to Help Homeless Youth


The family of Irena Ivic, the MCTS Driver who saved an abandoned baby from a freeway overpass, is launching a fundraiser to support homeless youth.

Ivic gained international attention when a MCTS Excellence video highlighting her heroic actions went viral around the globe.

Ivic’s daughter and brother are now organizing a “Be Like Irena” initiative that includes a GoFundMe campaign, special social media accounts, and the hashtag #BeLikeIrena.  

“We hope people will recognize that heroes are among us,” Ivic’s family said in a statement. “They do not necessarily look like movie stars or speak English perfectly. Heroes could be just regular people next door, like Irena.”

The goal is to collect $50,000 that will be donated to Covenant House — a non-profit organization that provides housing and services to homeless youth in the United States; and the Center for Youth Integration — which operates shelters for homeless children in Serbia, Irena’s country of origin. 

Note: The fundraiser mentioned in this article is a private effort by Irena’s family and is not associated with or endorsed by the Milwaukee County Transit System.