"She always makes sure to include all the people who are doing things to help our family," said her mother, Ashley Haynes, of the Clayton community.
In 2007, Lily was diagnosed with cystinosis, a rare chronic metabolic disease that impairs cell function and can lead to poor growth and organ complications. Her sister, Maggie, 4, was diagnosed with the same disorder one month later.
Mrs. Haynes and her husband, Jerry, learned last summer that Lily would need a kidney transplant before May.
So, one week after Easter, Mrs. Haynes will give Lily one of her kidneys for the life-saving surgery, which will cost more than $40,000.
But, since Marguerite Cline's column about the Haynes family was published in the Tribune earlier this month, Lily's prayer list has grown even longer.
"We have had so much amazing support from the community," Mrs. Haynes said. "We feel blessed to have all the prayers going up for our family, and we know that prayer works."
At Canton Elementary School where Mrs. Haynes' mother, Nancy Ward, teaches, students raised more than $1,000 during a special hat day.
"My mom couldn't get over how caring the adults were," Mrs. Haynes said. "But she was even more shocked by how much the children cared. And they continue to ask her, 'How is Lily?'"
Students, faculty and parents of Free Home Elementary School, where Mrs. Haynes teaches kindergarten and Lily attends first grade, have been particularly supportive.
"Several parents and teachers knew about Lily, but when they saw Ms. Cline's article, they wanted to see how they could help the Haynes family," Principal Jonathan Hall said. "The idea of putting a benefit together was brought up, and that's how we got started."
The "Love for Lily" benefit concert will be on March 19 featuring local performers Vicki and the Rocket Men. Admission is by donation, and there will be concessions for sale and raffles as well.
To raise even more money, the school has printed "Love for Lily" T-shirts, which are available for $10.
"We are a family community," Hall said. "If there is a need, this community steps up and does whatever they can do to help."
Supporters have even made a Facebook page devoted to the Haynes family, which now boasts more than 100 fans.
Mrs. Haynes said the support is critical because the future holds certain as well as unforeseeable costs.
"After her transplant, there are several medications that she will have to take for the rest of her life," Mrs. Haynes. "These are all very expensive medications, and we will likely need help in paying for them."
Complications from the transplant are also a possibility.
"My husband and I will both be out of work for a time period during the transplant and after the transplant" she said. "We really don't know how long that will be."
Alyson Counts, Ms. Haynes's older sister, said even though they grew up in Canton, they had no idea how big of a community it was until lately.
"Our family has always been close," she said. "This disease has taught us that we have to rely on others at times."
At a glance
WHAT: “Love for Lily” benefit concert
WHEN: 6 p.m. on March 19
WHERE: Free Home Elementary School, 12525 Cumming Highway, Canton
COST: Admission is by donation. Proceeds will help pay for a life-saving kidney transplant for 7-year-old Lily Haynes
OTHER WAYS TO HELP: “Love for Lily” T-shirts are for sale for $10 and financial donations are being accepted.
INFO: (770) 781-8095; www.cotaforlilyh.com