Woman Helps Fundraise For Hoyt Family

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HOYT, Kan. (WIBW)-JoAnne Grandstaff knows what it's like to lose everything.

"You don't know what to do. You're just lost," says Grandstaff.

She says she loves to help people in need. And that's what brings her to downtown Hoyt. She's fundraising for the Lake family who lost everything when their house went up in flames on July 4th and turned their beautiful cabin home into an empty, black shell.

"I saw it actually on WIBW and so I decided we should do a fundraiser for them when school starts because the kids are going to need clothes and you know stuff you need to get the school started," says Grandstaff.

JoAnne says she is happy to see visitors come out to donate money and drop their tickets into the raffle jars of which all proceeds benefit the Lake family.

JoAnne says she doesn't know the Lake family too well, but that didn't stop her from wanting to help out.

"Oh, we're all in this together. It's just something that everybody does," says Grandstaff.

Visitors also enjoyed live music from the Janalang band. The lead singer says he was also touched by the Lake family's story.

"When you have a family that loses everything that they have, you just kind of feel for them. So, you just want to do something for them, so this is what we do and were gonna do what we do best for them," says Terry McCart, band member.

And JoAnne says she hope she raises enough money so the Lake family can lead a normal life again.

"So, we can show them you're not lost, you're apart of the community," says Grandstaff.

You can also donate to the Lake family at any Denison bank branch.