SPOKANE, Wash. -

A downtown hair salon is going to great lengths to raise money for a family in need but on Tuesday the salon got quite the surprise when someone took off with the donation jar.

"It's always disturbing when someone takes something that was given as charity," Jaazz Salon owner Sonna Brado said.

Jaazz Salon is collecting money for a local family who lost everything in a house fire.

"She just had time to get the kids out of the house," Brado said.

Emily and Jesse Shankle used to work at the salon. On August 8th, the Shankles lost everything in a devastating house fire.

"The hairdressing community has really rallied around them and we are trying to raise support for them," Brado said.

After hearing about the fire, the salon wanted to help. They set up a donation jar on the front counter of the salon but on Tuesday someone wanted the cash for themselves.

"A couple street kids came in, they were young. One of them wanted to use the restroom and went and used it and came back in and grabbed the cash jar on the way out and took off running with it," Brado said.

Brado says it's upsetting to see something like this happen.

"The thing that I thought immediately is how desperate would you have to be in order to actually steal charity," Brado said.

Thankfully, the salon empties out the money in the jar each night so the thief only took off with about $20 dollars.

"She ended up just throwing the jar in the trash so we went and grabbed it so we have our jar back minus the cash," Brado said.

If you want to help, you can drop off a cash donation to the Jaazz Salon at Riverside and Washington. The salon hopes to raise $1,000 dollars by the end of the month.