An outpouring of support has come from the Forsyth County community over the last several days following a house fire in north Forsyth that claimed the lives of two children.
Authorities say that Shaun Noe, 12, and Morgan Noe, 9, were found dead after flames engulfed a home on Apple Valley Court off Pilgrim Mill Road on Saturday morning.
After the fire, multiple GoFundMe campaigns started by friends and community members arose online in memory of Shaun and Morgan and support of their family to raise funds for funeral arrangements and other expenses.
“You are never prepared to lose someone you love, let alone lose both of your babies at once,” read one campaign titled, “Noe FamilyFuneral Expenses.” “Their parents, Shaun and Robyn, need as much love, support and prayers that can be given at this time.”
Another campaign, titled, “The Noe Family”, states that since the fire destroyed everything in the Noe home, in addition to raising funds online, a drop-off for donations, gift cards and other gifts has been started at Community Cup in downtown Cumming. According to the campaign, the drop off will be available for the entire month.
“I know if we all pull together as a community, friends and family during this difficult time for them, this will take some of the burden off of them as parents to be able to mourn their sweet babies,” the campaign statement reads.
In a statement to the Forsyth County News, Brandon Miller, a friend of the Noe family who coached Shaun Noe with QAB Baseball Academy, called the two children “great kids” that always showed an enthusiasm for life.
Miller said that in the wake of the deaths, he received a flood of messages and calls from people within the competitive baseball community all over the state who just wanted to help the Noe family. Those messages made him want to start his own campaign for the family, he said.
“I just thought this would give them an outlet," he said. "There's no amount of money you can put on a life ... Money won't fix that, but maybe it can help restore a sense of normalcy."
Miller’s campaign, titled “Remembering Shaun and Morgan”, will also raise funds to cover funeral arrangements and expenses for the family.
In a release to the FCN, a spokesperson from the Forsyth County school system stated that multiple resources have been deployed at Cumming Elementary School and Otwell Middle School, where Morgan and Shaun attended, respectively.
Additional counselors, social workers, and psychologists have been made available at both schools and will be available throughout the week.
On Monday morning, the first day of school since the fire, a counselor and administrator rode the same bus that the Noe children normally took to help with any grief counseling or questions that students might have.
The principals of both Cumming Elementary and Otwell Middle both shared messages of support and condolences for the Noe family on Monday morning.
“At Cumming Elementary, we were very fortunate to have both Shaun and Morgan at our school since kindergarten,” said Jordan Livermore, principal of Cumming Elementary School. “Morgan was a kind, caring and beautiful child, whose laughter and smile filled our hearts.”“Shaun was a friend to all at our school, and always a pleasure to be around,” said Steve Miller, principal of Otwell Middle School. “He had a strong passion for life, especially his beloved Steelers and baseball.”