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Girl paying forward support she received after fire in Chickasha

MaKenzie Raasch is collecting donations for a community organization instead of asking for presents at her birthday party. (KOKH/Will Maetzold)

MaKenzie Raasch said she remembers the night well in November 2015 when she had to escape a fire at her family's home.

Now, three years later, it has taken a lot to get her back on her feet and hosting her 11th birthday party.

"They've been an adventure," Raasch said. "Well, I was very thankful for our Pioneer Elementary School."

Pioneer Elementary School in Chickasha teachers and families donated supplies and money to the family. That's why Raasch asked for donations to help others instead of presents at her birthday party.

"I've been in their place of not having as much as we need and I don't want other people to feel like we felt," Raasch said. "I want them to have much more than I did."

Raasch is having donations go to Life Skills Institute in Chickasha, which helps many of the homeless in the community.

She said after the last three years, she knows what they're going through.

"It will help them get their life started and help them with food," Raasch said.

The donations poured in from friends at the party on Sunday.

Sheila Sanders is a girls basketball coach at Chickasha High School and helped put on the party.

"I think that just shows her heart," Sanders said. "From not having anything, having everything taken away from her to wanting to help other people."

Raasch and her family are getting ready to move back in to their repaired home, but she said it's important to remember what she went through.

"I'm just really happy that they'll be happy soon too," Raasch said.

If you would like to help contribute to Life Skills Institute, you can drop off a donation at Pioneer Elementary School.

Raasch has already raised over $450.

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