Kisses for Kilee: Classmates come together for Brown County burn victim

Classmates come together for Brown County burn victim
Kilee Brookbank pictured left (provided photo)
Kilee Brookbank pictured left (provided photo)

BROWN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Students at Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington High School are doing everything they can to help a fellow classmate.

"We are trying to raise money for their family to send them for all the things they lost in the fire," said student, Michael Oberschlake.

Ripley Union junior, Kilee Brookbank, was inside her Georgetown home Monday afternoon when it exploded. About 60 percent of her body was burned and she is currently in serious condition at Shriners Hospital. Fire crews say the home had some propane appliances and burn patterns indicated gas might have caused the fire.

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"Once something happens to one person we give all we got to help that person get through," said Kristen Abbott, Kilee's best friend.

"We just started doing campaigns this morning, we started in first period and we got on a ball," said Oberschlake.

Students started with 'Kups for Ki,' green cups placed on teacher's desks where donations could be collected. Then the students turned to some of Kilee's favorite things.

"She really likes Hershey's kisses and she always eats them," said Oberschlake.

"We bought Hersey's Kisses and we are selling them for a dollar and it's all for her and her family and all the money goes to her," said Abbott.

Kilee's friends say she also loves Justin Bieber. Using the hashtag #KileemeetJB and #PrayersForKilee they hope her celebrity crush will lend some support.

The various fund-raising efforts will continue until Thanksgiving. Tuesday alone students raised about $500.

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