SALINA, Kan. -- About a week before Christmas, Salina mother Britney Campbell, decided she wanted to help provide gifts for families less fortunate. The mother of two posted in the Salina Free Stuff Facebook group looking to make the donation of some "extra" items she had lying around the house.
"I said, 'Hey, it's Christmas. Why don't we give it away instead of selling it?'" Campbell said.
Many people saw her post and offered to donate gifts, too. Those people include Cindy Monts, a Salina mother of five.
She soon became Campbell's helper.
"I've been through a lot of tough times and I've had help from other people so my idea is to give help back when I can," Monts said.
Little did they know the first gift they'd give away, some baby food, would go to the home where police found a baby dead later in the week.
"When we found out it was him, it kind of was very surprising and heartbreaking at the same time," Monts said.
Following the death of the 3-month-old child, Nicholas Corbin, 27, and Desirah Overturf, 20, were arrested and booked on charges that include first degree murder, child abuse, and the beating and torturing of a child.
It's the third baby death in Salina attributed to abuse in just the past two years.
The string of recent baby deaths has had such a profound effect on Monts and Campbell, that Campbell decided to turn the original holiday gift donations idea into a Facebook group.
They called the group, "Jordan's Helping Hands." They say they named the group after the baby boy that was found dead this past Thursday night.
"It just seemed like the best way to preserve his memory," Campbell said.
Their goal is to use the group to collect donations, especially during the holidays, for families who are less fortunate. As mothers themselves, Campbell and Monts say they know how tough the holidays can be. They hope that if they can gather donations and give them to families, they can take some of the stress away.
"That's because a lot of times, stress is what causes a tragedy like this to happen," Monts said.
They also hope the group serves as a safe space where parents who are in trouble can seek help.
"Anybody who is in trouble or just needs a break, can post -- No questions asked," Campbell said.
The group was created Friday and by Saturday night had grown to more than 125 members.
The women say they'd like to see it continue to grow, in hopes that the support for area families might save a life.
"It's so amazing the response that I've seen, the appreciation we've gotten so far," Campbell said. "We're just ready to keep on doing it."
The group has its sights set on bringing in donations for the next major holiday: Valentine's Day. To help out, log on to Facebook and search for "Jordan's Helping Hands." You will need to request to join the group. A group administrator periodically approves those requests.