Way Down Deep by Ruth White
The people of the West Virginia town of Way Down Deep are more like family than neighbors. When a toddler with red curly hair is found all by herself in town and Miss Arbutus offers to take her in, the town feels that is an excellent decision, and the townspeople help with her support. Most of the story takes place around the tenth anniversary of Ruby’s arrival in town. Even a would-be bank robber finds love and support in Way Down Deep.