Ten minutes into the brisket benefit, residents formed a line out the door at the Lehnis Train Museum. The community rallied together to show their support for the family of Christopher and Stephanie Morin, who lost their 4-year-old daughter Sunday night.

“It was a collaboration of local citizens who got together Monday afternoon to start planning the benefit,” Kim Peterson said. “Some were friends of the family, others didn’t know the family — they just wanted to do this to help the family.”

More than 50 volunteers arrived at the train museum to help with the benefit, ranging from delivering orders, working the serving lines or cleaning up. Within the first hour of the benefit, volunteers working the to-go lines boxed up more than 200 orders.

“In the first 40 minutes, we already exceeded what we expected,” said Brandi Weathermon from Guardian EMS. “The community, businesses and volunteers have come together to help — it just shows what Brownwood is all about. We truly care about our residents.

“This tragedy really hit home. Businesses have given more than we’ve expected. It’s just a heartfelt experience that really showcases what’s great about Brownwood.”

Businesses donating to the benefit included Underwood’s Bar-B-Q, Humphrey Pete’s, Skillet’s, Chicken Express, Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. of Brownwood, PepsiCo, Sticks BBQ & Etc., Lemon’s Bar-B-Q, Walmart, Brownwood Janitorial, Guardian EMS and Cullen’s Hometown Market.

“We also have several individuals who donated money to purchase the briskets,” Peterson said. “It warms my heart to see the love that this community has for its neighbors. I’ve always enjoyed living here and this just proves even more that the community cares about their neighbors, even if they don’t know them.”

Gracie’s Fund, a benefit account has been established for the Morin Family at TexasBank.