Basketball team collects donations for coach

Posted at 5:23 PM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 18:23:13-05

From the outside, Erik Jones' home looks untouched. But step inside and it's a different story. 

The walls are burned and the stove is melted. The windows are blown out and everything is charred. 

"He said they are all right. They have a place to stay, the kids are taken care of. So the big thing right now is to replace all of the items that are gone and then the simple things, like clothes," said Mike McBride, Jones's friend and co-worker. 

An electrical fire ripped through the Olathe home Sunday afternoon. Neither Jones nor his wife and children were home at the time and his dog managed to escape. 

Now, the basketball team he helps coach at Basheor-Linwood High School is jumping in to collect donations. 

"A lot of people are getting diapers for his baby and trying to help out," said Kobe Sifford, a freshman on the basketball team. "I bought gift cards for him from Visa and Walmart trying to help out." 

Jones is a PE teacher and coaches basketball as well boys and girls soccer. His wife is a principal at a nearby elementary school. Both told 41 Action News they were "extremely grateful" for the community's help. 

The basketball team is planning on setting up a GoFundMe account to help the Jones family buy clothes. Basheor-Linwood High School is also accepting donations.