When news spread that a Lassiter High School family recently lost their house in a fire, the school community sprang into action.
Within a couple of days, Lassiter junior Rom Or launched a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the Cobb family, “in hopes of having them recover in time for the holidays.”
According to the fundraising page, no one was physically hurt during the December fire, but pets were harmed, and the damage is severe. So far, the Lassiter community has donated more than $3,000 through the site, but they didn’t stop there.
Lassiter staff, students, and families donated items, including gift cards, for a care basket, which they recently presented to the family.
The basket included six Sherpa blankets for each member of the family, and each child’s blanket had a gift card attached just for them.
Lassiter also had a bag full of gift cards, estimated at hundreds of dollars, for the Cobb family along with a check for an additional $3,000, which is separate from the Go Fund Me money raised. There will also be special gifts for the Lassiter student. Lassiter staff members, students, the PTSA, clubs, and community members made the gifts possible.
The school will give the family any additional donations that come in before students leave on winter break.
Lassiter is not the only Cobb school collecting donations for the school family in need. Mabry Middle School and Davis Elementary School, where two of the family’s other children attend, are also helping the family. Beyond gift cards, the schools have collected clothing, books, and games to support the family. Because education for the students is paramount, the school staff is also working with the parents to try and eliminate any barriers that they may find for their students.
“The Mabry community is a caring, tight-knit group, and they definitely come together to support one another,” said Principal Jonathan Tanner.