ATOKA, OK -- Even from more than a thousand miles away, a local funeral director has made it his mission to let those affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy know he and other Texomans care.
Immediately after the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, local funeral director Eddie Brown wanted to offer support and encouragement to the victim's families.
"It just compelled me to do something. I thought about this, and thought about this, and it just dawned on me, you know, why don't we show our love and appreciation community-wide, area-wide," Brown said.
Brown, along with the Southeastern Oklahoma community, is doing just that. People are pouring into all of the Brown's Funeral Home locations in Durant, Atoka, Coalgate and Madill, showing their support from across the country.
"I knew, I was on my lunch break and I looked and I thought I want to go do that, you know. So, as soon I left work I drove straight here and I just thought any form of support the families could have at this time would be greatly appreciated," Shelli Hunt said.
Texomans are signing these pages 27 times, for each life lost. Most saying it's the least they can do for families going through these difficult times
"So they know there's somebody out there that loves them. Even if we've never met," Candace Smith said.
Hundreds of signatures already fill these pages. They'll be placed inside a memory book and each family will receive a personalized blanket like this one, with their loved one's picture on it.
"What we're doing for them is just to give them a vehicle to ride on and to grieve with," Brown said.
Brown hopes to get 10,000 signatures and hand deliver them to those in Connecticut himself.
"If they can see that the people of southern Oklahoma, Southeastern Oklahoma, 1,540 miles away care about them, then if it touches one person it's worth everything we've done," Brown said.
"It makes me proud to be from where I'm from first of all. That our little small town can pull together and give support," Hunt said.
It's not too late to sign your name in those memory books. You can stop by any Brown's funeral home location from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Eddie Brown's goal is 10,000 signatures.