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A community rallies behind a family

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Just two weeks ago 8-year-old Katelyn Myers and her 12-year-old brother Tyler were severely burned at a bonfire.

They're still listed in critical but stable condition, recovering from second and third degree burns.

Now, the Long Beach community is rallying around the family to show they're not alone.

Lines stretched out the door, full of people with empty stomachs and heavy hearts.

"We are overwhelmed with the joy that this community has brought. It's a blessing," said Katelyn and Tyler's aunt Amber Allen.

The fundraiser is for the family of the two children who are recovering in Augusta Georgia.

Allen said no child should have to spend Christmas this way.

"We're definitely not going to be having our normal Christmas until they get home. It's not going to be Christmas without them," said Allen.

With the support of community hope is in sight.

"Just keep going. Keep trying, everything will be fine. Keep pushing forward everyday. It is a fight everyday," said Long Beach police officer Ray Bell.

Tyler and Katelyn's great grandparents John and Emily Smith better known as Paw-Paw and Maw-Maw, remember the phone call all too well.

"It was just devastating," said Emily Smith.

As people stay hopeful for the two children earnestly fighting for their lives, there's one thing on everyone's mind.

"I love you and I want you to come home," said Emily Smith.

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