TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) - It was Easter, outside a house in Tishomingo, a car backing up accidentally hit four-year-old Cassiel Jones.
Cassiel was taken to a hospital where she later died.
The child's mother, Monique Jones, said Cassiel had a giving spirit, a value she wants to pass on to other children.
"But after my baby died, I decided to do something," Jones said. "To actually follow through from what I've been telling her and what I wanted to teach my kids, which is to help others."
That is where the idea for Cassiel's Hope Box was born.
Jones partnered with Johnston County Helping Hands, a local non-profit that helps people in need.
The box has non-perishable food and other supplies for when food banks are closed or for emergencies
The box operates off donations.
Jones said she has seen people give and take from the box and has been overwhelmed by the support, not seeing the box go empty once.
"You know, it makes me cry wanting to think that people are actually wanting to help other people," Jones said. "That's the best thing about doing this."
Jones said blankets and tarps are needed for the winter months.
She also plans to expand the hope boxes to schools, providing school supplies and basic needs items.
"I want to make my daughter proud," Jones said. "That's what we want to do."
Other Hope Boxes:
Wookies Tattoo and Body Piercing
438 W. Broadway Mannsville, OK 73447
Ravia Church of God
302 Mill St. Ravia, OK 73455
Mill Creek City Hall
105 E. Main Street Mill Creek, OK 74856