Sadly, tragedy is a part of life. But it seems like February brought more than its share to Bradford and Sullivan Counties. Fires and motor vehicle accidents alike claimed precious lives.

Thankfully at times like these our small communities come together in big ways to honor and remember the lives lost, as well as comfort and provide for their families.

Two such events took place this week.

On Sunday, more than 2,000 people came out to a fundraiser held for a Towanda family. The Yoders lost their two-year-old son, as well as their house to a fire two weeks ago. Family friend Mary Wilcox stepped up to organize the well-attended donation drive that is estimated to have raised about $15,000.

We agree with Ms. Wilcox in praising the local community, including local businesses, for being so supportive and generous.

In Western Bradford County, a high school is mourning the loss of a classmate. Canton senior Brandon McNett died in a car crash on Friday morning. Because Brandon was an avid hunter, students dressed in camo-colored clothes on Monday to honor their friend - a gesture his best friend said would have meant a lot to him.