Thursday, 9 November 2017
A casket maker is offering free coffins to victims of last week's Texas church shooting
His seven employees build personalized coffins that usually sell for about $3,500 but he's offering to provide free custom-made coffins for the people who died at First Baptist Church and so far, he's gotten requests to make 15 caskets.
"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. It was the most emotional time in my life. Immediately my heart opened up and I was like 'yes, we can do this. 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. I want to make sure that we celebrate the lives of the people who were there" he said.
Ganem's caskets are always personalized. For some of the younger victims, he plans to paint coffins with princesses and Barbie. The smallest one will fit a 1-year-old girl. He sees his gesture as a way to help grieving families get through their darkest time.
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