By Tracy Clemons
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - The story of the fire that killed three family members in south St. Louis County has touched hearts across the region.
Mia Gapsch, 13, lost her sister, father and great grandmother in the fire. Since that morning, support has poured in from the community.
She and her little sister Maci were students at Sperreng Middle School. Students and staff, many of whom have never met either girl, are working together to help in any small way they can.
"I just want to thank the community and the fire district for all the support we've had through this tragedy," Mia's great-uncle Mike Gapsch said in an interview days after the fire. "It's one of the worst nightmares we could have, and we're just trying to get through hour by hour."
That support continues to pour in.
"We sold candy for Mia and Maci," Sperreng seventh grader Annabella Davis said. "And we sold it during the open house at Sperreng. I thought it did pretty good."
That raised $350 for Lindbergh's Gapsch Family Fund.
"It all got to us and we were like we really need to help her in her situation. So we decided to have a snow cone stand," Maria Wasenius said.
The stand she ran with fellow eighth graders Mary Kate Heuer and Libby Dorsey raised $1,400 dollars for the Gapsch family.
"It was so cool though seeing how nice people were donating so much money, like not even buying a snow cone," Dorsey said. "One lady came with a check for $100 and said here this is for you...they need it."
Those were two of many fundraisers at the school, and in the community to help Mia and her family recover from the fire that took so much from them, including her little sister Maci.
"Friday and Saturday we are having the Mehlville Fire Department (Protection District) here and they're going to have BBQ and be accepting donations," French Teacher Lisa Slyman said. "And we're also going to be having our M&M fundraiser 10-4 Saturday and I believe all day Friday."
Slyman is coordinating the fund raisers at Sperreng.
"I can't imagine losing your whole family like that. I just want to be part of it and help out just like the rest of the kids are doing, and make a difference and hopefully make her life a little bit better," she said.
There's also a bowling fundraiser Friday from 4-6 p.m at Sunset Lanes on Watson Road.
The procession for Maci Gapsch's funeral will pass the school in the morning, and we're told the students will be standing outside as it passes by to pay their respects to Maci.