With smoke billowing into the air from the Rockport 5 fire, three Silver Creek girls decided they wanted to do their part to help the evacuees.
On Thursday, Denali, Keegan and Marlee Fitlow ran a bake sale to benefit the Red Cross' efforts with fire evacuees. They set up shop by the mailboxes at Silver Creek and used some handmade signs to encourage people to support their fundraising endeavor.
Vicky Fitlow, the girls' mother, helped with the bake sale but said it was their idea. On Wednesday night, Fitlow said it was the first night the family could see flames from the fire at their home in Silver Creek. She had a conversation with the girls that night on the evacuation process.
"The next morning, they asked me a lot of questions like what happened to the dogs and the horses," Fitlow said. "Then they said something about wanting to do a lemonade stand."
The girls decided to sell lemonade and cookies and Fitlow sent word out to the community on the Silver Creek Crier, an online groupsite for the community.
"They were worried about the people who lost their houses," Fitlow said. "People were very generous. They raised $184 after costs and then we took the money over to the Red Cross Emergency Center at Trailside."
The girls ran their fundraiser from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and after the sale took their extra cookies to the fire station, where they were treated to a tour of the fire trucks.
Fitlow passed along what the girls wanted to say to the victims of the fire: "I'm sorry you lost your homes."