Locals have offered to repaint Ruby's room for free and to help fix the house after it was ransacked.
People have also been reaching out to the teenagers on social media with messages of support, as well as stories of how they overcame discrimination in their own lives. Some have even made anonymous donations to the families.
The goal now is "to turn this tragedy into an act of kindness, make sure the kids are properly healed," Benner said. "And everyone is showing a lot of support."
Port Colborne, with a population of about 19,000, is the sort of place where "everybody knows everybody," said Mayor John Maloney. As a result, the community has come together to make sure things don't go any further, he said, and a rally denouncing racism is planned for Friday.
"It's a hate crime and it's being investigated by the police. We're hopeful that the perpetrators will be brought to justice quickly," Maloney said.
"We want people in this community and elsewhere in the country to know that racism is not acceptable and will not be tolerated."