ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - A baby girl's sudden death in California is touching the hearts of hundreds of students at St. Martin High School. This week, several clubs at the school are holding fundraisers to donate to the family of Sofia Gore. The students want to help bring Sofia's body home to Mississippi.
They tested their tossing skills during lunch Tuesday, but the real goal of the corn hole competition was to raise money for the family of little Sofia.
"When I found out about Sofia, I just imagined myself as a parent, and it honestly broke my heart," said St. Martin High senior Bre Weems.
Sofia, only a year old, passed away unexpectedly last Thursday. The Gore family just moved to California on Sept. 29, because Garrett Gore was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base.
Family members said two days later, Sofia came down with a cold. What started as an upper respiratory virus got worse, to the point where Sofia stopped breathing and lost brain activity.
Doctors told the family Sofia had an asthma attack, which caused her to go into cardiac arrest.
"We grieve with Garrett, as well as Sarah, for their baby. It's hard to lose a child," said St. Martin High senior Madison Impey.
Garrett and Sarah Gore are both graduates of St. Martin High. They want to transport their daughter's body back to Jackson County to be cremated.
"They're already grieving over their child. We don't want them to be stressed about having to find the money to support this and not knowing what they're going to do. We want to reassure them that we are here to help," said Madison.
This week, the Future Business Leaders of America at St. Martin High is selling snacks. The Art Club is painting faces.
"Seeing if that was my child, I would want somebody to help me," said St. Martin High sophomore Timothy Webster, who was having his face decorated.
"We went to the same middle school together when we were younger, and I just thought it would be a good cause," said St. Martin Yellow Jackets quarterback Wayne Overman.
"St. Martin is a family, so when one Yellow Jacket is down, we come together as a big family," said Bre.
Domino's restaurants across Mississippi will donate 20 percent of Tuesday's proceeds to the Gore family. On Wednesday, Buffalo Wild Wings in Gulfport, D'Iberville, and Hattiesburg will hold the same fundraiser.