It all stems from one Illinois State University student.
When Zach Johnson first found out about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary - he knew he wanted to help.
"I had seen a bunch of people on Facebook who wanted to help out," said Johnson. "People sort of talking and saying they wanted to help out, and I thought, ' Why not take it to the next level?'"
So he and a group of friends decided to put on a spaghetti dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Morton.
Johnson said, "(There's) spaghetti, salad, garlic bread. There's also a bake sale and a big raffle with a big gift basket that local businesses have donated."
However, the money he raises isn't going to Newtown.
Right now, the Connecticut town is so overrun with donations... it's turning money away.
"We had planned on the money going to the United Way fund, but that fund raised four million dollars, which is great," Johnson said. "Newtown came out and said 'Hey. We're overwhelmed with gifts. Instead of donating to us, why not do something for your community?'"
So Johnson is doing that instead.
"Half of the money is going to a children's area that's going to be a part of the new downtown plaza in Morton," he said. "The other half is going to the Crittenton Centers."
When Johnson was planning the benefit - he had no idea how many people to expect.
But a steady stream of people has left him in awe about the heart of his community.
He said, " I'm just overwhelmed with all the people coming and saying nice things. I think it says a lot about the capacity for being sympathetic for humans and I think it is great to expand on that and that everyone is looking to help out."
Johnson hopes to raise three thousand dollars.
He also wants to make the benefit an annual event.