Less than one week after suspected mass shooter Devin Kelley gunned down at least 26 people at a church in Texas, one man showed how the American people come together when tragedy strikes.
As noted by KTVI-TV, Trey Ganem wanted to do something to help after the horrific shooting last Sunday.
Understanding the small town was devastated by the attack, the 46-year-old Christian coffin-maker said he got in his car and drove roughly 100 miles to the church to do what he could to help those grieving their loved ones.
Ganem owns a casket design company in Edna, Texas, a small town east of Sutherland Springs.
Ganem said he and his seven employees build personalized coffins that are typically sold for around $3,500.
However, Ganem is offering these custom-made coffins to the families of victims of the First Baptist Church for free.
He said he has received requests for 15 coffins so far.
The victims who died in the shooting ranged from 18 months to 77-years-old, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
Ganem told CNN that he’s donated coffins to the families of victims before.
“When I first started five years ago, children burned in a fire in Edna, Texas. I donated caskets to the family. I knew the kids,” he told CNN. “It was the most emotional time in my life.”
Ganem said the tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs was just as emotional for him as the time the children were killed in the fire.
“Immediately my heart opened up and I was like, ‘yes, we can do this,’” he said. “It’s a small town. People that felt like they were safe ended up in this tragedy.”
“What we want to do is start the healing process here,” Ganem said. “I want to make sure that we celebrate the lives of the people who were there.”
For the younger victims of the shooting, Ganem said he will customize their coffins with princess and Barbie themes.
This is what America is all about.
When tragedy strikes, people like Ganem carry out amazing acts of generosity and kindess to help those mourning from a tragedy.
Ganem is a true American, and his act of compassion illustrates how great America truly is.
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