Benham Schoolhouse Inn donates all proceeds from Sunday buffet to the Howard family
In the small towns of Eastern Kentucky, there is always an outpour of love and support after a tremendous loss.
On Monday a fire destroyed a home in Harlan County, killing two young toddlers. Their mother, Allyson Howard, died two days later in the hospital from her injuries. The twins' father, Chad Howard is currently fighting for his life.
"Our hearts are broken because of it," says W. Bruce Ayers, who is a citizen of Harlan County.
Employees at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn say they wanted to help the family's loved ones in any way they can so they decided to donate all the proceeds from their Sunday Buffet.
"We are hoping to help and bless the Howard family during this time of tragedy," says Denise Baird, an employee at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn.
This brought in hundreds of people from the community and even from other parts of the state.
"The community is behind them looks like 100% to me," says Ronnie Bobblett, who drove four hours to support the cause.
Though they can never take away the pain, the community can offer support and help each other heal.
Funeral services for Allyson Howard and her twins were held on Sunday at 5 pm at the Harlan Baptist Church.
In a Facebook post, employees said they were able to raise more than $5,000 on Sunday.