When she saw the pictures of the burned Deerfield Run apartments late last week - the dozen families without a home - Melissa Buddin wasn't a 47-year-old bar owner anymore.
She was a little kid four decades ago, growing up on Lumpkin Circle right across busy India Hook Road from where the apartments stand.
"I watched those apartments get built years ago; that will always be what I consider my neighborhood," Buddin said.
"I went to Ebinport (Elementary) School myself, like the kids who live at Deerfield do.
"After that fire, there were 26 people who didn't have a roof, or a bed, or anything after that fire. I have two grandchildren: What if my grandkids woke up one day without anyplace to live or any clothes to go to school? I had to do something."
Nobody was hurt in the fire Sept. 16, but it caused about a half-million dollars in damage.
Of the dozen affected families that included school-age children, eight lost almost everything to fire, smoke and water damage.
Another four families in the next building lost most of what they had to smoke and water, and only two of the families had renters insurance.
So Buddin started talking it up that she wanted to help.
Patrons at her End Zone bar brought clothes, small appliances and some basic furniture after reading in The Herald on Saturday that the apartment management was collecting for the families.
Buddin worked the contacts that she has running the popular nightspot that often features live music.
She gave the same spiel to anybody who would listen: "Let's help."
And in just a couple of days, Buddin has worked out a fundraiser for Saturday afternoon that will be more than just a drop-off for donations.
Her joint will jump with four bands that have all donated their time, a hot dog sale to raise cash for the families, a drop-off point for non-perishable food so families can eat, and the hopes that enough furniture is brought so that all the affected families will have a table to eat from.
"Rock Hill is the kind of place where, when one family loses a home, people always pitch in," Buddin said. "This is a bunch of families, so a lot of people agreed to pitch in."
Without hesitation, Butch Oneppo of the Oneppo Brothers band that plays Wednesdays at the End Zone agreed to kick off the music Saturday afternoon.
The bands Zach Fowler, Casual Insanity, and Ocean Breeze all agreed as well - even though Saturday is the day those bands have other gigs later on.
The bands will play and rush off to wherever they have to go - but that is the Rock Hill way, Oneppo said.
"I'm 61 years old; I've been playing music around here since I was 13 years old," Oneppo said. "There is always a place in York County for helping out people when they are really hurting."
Buddin, the bar owner, doesn't know any of the families who lost shoes and socks, meat and potatoes, beds and couches.
But that doesn't matter.
It hasn't mattered to dozens of other people either, who have brought clothes and food and more to Deerfield since the fire, said property manager Tammy Gaskin.
Of the dozen families, 10 stayed at once-vacant Deerfield units, and the other two moved to Mallard Point, a complex owned by the same company.
"We have had people from as far as Charlotte bring donations," Gaskin said. "Amazing what caring strangers can do."