A group of Mulvane middle schoolers is working to inspire members of their town to do and be better.
“Boys on a Mission is a group of boys that just want to give back to the community and help like local things,” said Jaydon Grube, 13.
The organization was created in 2017. It really took off in the fall of 2018 when tragedy struck the boy’s community.
“I was a little sad and wanted to help them,” said Cohen Dietrich, 12.
“We heard about a family named the Florio family and how the story began and how it ended and we thought it was really sad so we wanted to start a little fundraiser for it,” said Fisher Dye, 12.
Kristin Florio-Gile lost her life in early October. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said her estranged husband shot Florio-Gile before killing himself. The pair left behind six children.
“We play football and our coaches wife, her cousin, is the one that knew the Florio family, that went through domestic violence, and now their kids are alone and so that just inspired us to help domestic violence families,” said Preston Grube, 11.
The boys said it was difficult to learn about the murder-suicide.
“I was just thinking, ‘what if that could happen to my mom?’ That could happen to anyone’s mom at anytime,” Dye said.
“I was a little sad and wanted to help them,” Dietrich said.
The boys came up with the idea to raise money for the Florio-Gile family and other domestic violence victims and survivors during the holidays.
They set up angel trees at businesses around Derby and Mulvane giving people the opportunity to donate money and gift cards to their cause.
“We just want them to help by giving a gift card or a little bit of money just to give to the Florio family or Stepstone to let the kids do something fun or give the Florio family a Christmas,” said Jaydon Grube, 13.
“It gives me an example to give kindness and caring to other people,” said Aiden Heckathorn, 11.
One of the boys told KSN he hopes the fundraiser will inspire people to treat others with respect.
“We need to care about others and we need to be aware of all of the stuff that’s happening and try to change it to make it abetter world,” said Brady Nelson, 12.
The trees are currently located at Bittersweet and Shirts Plus in Derby.
The boys have raised about $520 for the Florio family and StepStone.