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Lebanon Locals Raise Money for House Fire Victims' Families

LEBANON, Mo. - After the death of five children in a house fire last week, people around town are raising money to help their family with medical bills and funeral costs. 

Just 10 days ago, a residential structure fire left five children dead and one adult airlifted to a hospital.

According to the Lebanon Police Department, first responders were called to a structure fire at around 9:00 A.M.

All kids pulled from the home were pronounced dead at the scene.

This tragedy has hit the community hard.

However, they have now banded together for support.

There are several events around town raising money for this family. 

One of them is a bake sale.

"We've been here since about 7:00 A.M., 7:30 A.M., and we started selling about 8:00 A.M., it's been pretty good," said Linda Atterberry, a friend of the family members helping out at the bake sale.

Atterberry said the family members are touched by the acts of kindness around town.

"They're very appreciative of everything," said Atterberry, "they're overwhelmed with the kindness."

Bake sale customer Julia Burgess said she feels great that the community cares about the family.

"It's amazing," said Burgess, "it is so amazing that tragedy has struck a little itty bitty town like ours, and everyone has stepped up and they did something, they're doing their part. It's really cool."

Another event is a car wash in the parking lot of a local supermarket.

"We've had cars honk, we've had cars just give money and drive off," said Belinda Stout, a volunteer at the car wash, "people getting out and helping, it's been really amazing."

Stout also said it's amazing how much the town contributed.

"It's a very small town, and just seeing everyone come together, a lot of us don't even know the family but it's not about that," said Stout, "that's a heartache that nobody can describe. So anything we can do with the financial part, we're here with prayers to help with that."

A GoFundMe page has been created to also raise money.


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