Logan Huggins (long-sleeved green shirt) Brennan Bailey (Dragons shirt) and Marc Carter (in the back) wanted to do something to help after learning about the tragic Oregon District shooting that impacted some of their classmates directly. Here, they pose with Dragons mascot Heater. CONTRIBUTED
Brennan and his two best friends helping to organize the fundraiser, Marc Carter and Logan Huggins, all attend River's Edge Montessori School in Dayton with the children of shooting victims Monica Storey Brickhouse and Lois Oglesby.
Monica Storey Brickhouse, 39, was killed in the Sunday shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District.
Lois Oglesby, 27, was killed early Sunday in a mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District. SUBMITTED
“Trying to explain to your children, first what happened, and then explaining their classmates’ moms lost their lives. ... For a 9-year-old to wrap their brain around that. He’s quite sensitive and wanted to help them,” said Angela Bailey, Brennan’s mother.
Bailey said South Park neighbors immediately jumped in to see how they could help when she posted to Facebook what her son and his friends wanted to do. Neighbors reached out offering to bring cookies and other supplies to pitch in on Saturday.
“This whole thing is breaking my heart,” Eileen Clooney, a South Park resident helping the lemonade stand, wrote in a message.
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After learning how his idea had grown into a full-blown neighborhood event, Brennan was a little overwhelmed, but excited, by the response.
“He’s somewhat introverted so his eyes just keep getting big and he’s like, ‘Oh mommy, I don’t know if I can do this.’ And I’m like, ‘You can. Your heart is big enough,’” Bailey said.
Brickhouse and Oglesby were among nine people killed when a gunman sprayed bullets in the Oregon District just after 1 a.m. Sunday.
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At least 27 others were injured during the shooting.
The gunman was shot and killed by police in less than 30 seconds.
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