The flames from the fire that destroyed the Jones family's home two weeks ago are long extinguished, but the community around them hasn't forgotten all the family lost. Today high school students embraced the family by giving them a donation straight from their own pockets.
It's Bobbie Jones' first time meeting the Lincoln High School Red Cross Club, but already, they've moved her to tears. It's Cheynna Kempel's first time meeting the Jones family but she already knows their impact on the community.
"A lot of the kids at Lincoln High grew up with this family," said Cheynna Kempel, a junior at Lincoln High. "A lot of kids who were giving us money and a lot of staff who gave us money said they knew this family and they went over to their house all the time. It's just a very loving family."
The Lincoln High Red Cross Club raised more than $730 for the Jones family.
"As I was talking and I saw her crying I started to get teary eyed," said Kempel.
The Jones family is looking to move into a new home with their 9 children.
"It's just amazing," said Joe Jones. "I guess what comes from the heart reaches the heart."
"We fund-raised during lunch and after school and different activities we had during the first week of school," said Kempel.
"That was a perfect gift," said Bobbie Jones. "Because it was children that did it. They were the advocates, they organized it, and executed it, and brought it through. It was lovely."
"A lot of kids, as they were donating money, heard it was for the Jones family and they went ahead and just donated without even thinking about it," said Cheynna. "They went and found money if they didn't have it they would come back the next day and donate money."
"It shows that the children really care about us, as well as we care about them," said Bobbie. "It's just a wonderful thing."
"They said 'oh, it's for the Jones family, I know them, they're really important to me,'" said Cheynna. "Or they'd talk to their parents and a lot of kids got money from their parents. So we know the impact just by listening to the kids."
"For some children to be like that now," said Bobbie. "They're going to grow up to be some wonderful adults just look at where their heart is now."