ROYERSFORD, Pa. - Just days after a house fire in Schwenksville killed two young boys, a community came together over the breakfast table.
"In times like these, you need people," said Ryan McNeill, Central Perk Youth Association President.
McNeill knows the Lukens family well. He and dozens of others, both friends and strangers, spent Saturday morning eating pancakes at the Applebee's in Royersford, a fundraiser event for the Lukens.
"They're the kind of family you would see at the park and no matter what they have big smiles on their faces, it's just really infectious and now they need our smiles," said McNeill.
Early Wednesday morning flames ripped through Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan Lukens' home on Summit Avenue in Schwenksville. Bryan and his wife, Tracy, escaped the fire with their nine-year-old daughter, Soffia, but their two sons, 11-year-old Bryan Jr. and 6-year-old Parker did not make it out.
"Sweetest boys in the world," said McNeill.
Mcneill says Saturday's benefit breakfast is just the first of many fundraisers to help the grieving family. Although no amount of money could ever mend the heartbreak of losing their children, community members say they hope the Lukens can feel the love and support from people around them.
"To let them know we're thinking about them and we care about them in this time of need," said Jim Hickey from Schwenksville.
A GoFundMe account was also set up to help the Lukens the day of the fatal fire. The initial goal was to raise $10,000 but that was quickly surpassed and there is now more than $313,000 in the fund.
Link to GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/lukensfamilyfund
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