Gainesville community holds benefit for family who lost two kids in house fire

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GAINESVILLE, Tex. (KXII) -- "We as a community wanted to come together and help and do all we could do for them."

An early morning fire claimed the lives of a 3-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl in November 2017.

So far, hundreds of dollars have been raised but some community members are hoping to keep the donations coming.

"We're doing a fish fry and an auction. We got all kinds of products and stuff that we're auctioning off. All the proceeds are going to the family."

"A lot of the things were handmade by people from this area and they put a lot of time and effort in it. It just goes to show how much this community is."

Brian Hampton and Chris Bobbitt worked together, along with others, to plan the event.

Hampton says the community planned a similar event for his family when his brother passed away.

"This is just a way for me to pay it back. I know this is a community that loves to help and during bad times they come and do a lot for other people."

"I personally didn't know the family but I'm friends with a lot of people who are friends with the family. So I thought pitch in, help, give back. It's kind of what we do."

Hampton says he was happy to see how the community came together during a tragedy.

"You know, no matter what we do for the family, it'll never ease the pain or their loss but what I hope comes out of this is I hope it can help with the financial burden."

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