Ascension family hopes to help Sandy Hook shooting victims

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - One Ascension Parish family wants to do its part to help the victims of Friday's Connecticut school shooting. The family says its foundation could help give those parents one less thing to worry about during this extremely difficult time.

"To me something hand-made goes a lot further than something that you get off a shelf or stamp out of a piece of metal," said carpenter and founder of The Little Angels Foundation Bobby Siears.

Bobby Siears says deaths in his family is what brought him into the custom casket business. But the when a friend's child died unexpectedly this summer, Siears decided to start making caskets for children and teens. He created "the Little Angels Foundation" to do just that and at no cost to the families.

"It's hard enough to lose a child, and we just don't think that it should be made worse by cost or that should be a factor at all," said Shae Talamantes, Siears' daughter.

Talamantes says they've provided children's caskets for a few local families in the last few months. Now, they're hoping to reach even further and help some of the families affected by Friday's tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

"We're not made to lose our bury our kids. It's just got to be so impossibly hard," said Talamantes. "I can't imagine. I just prayed that's all I did when I first found out."

Her father says he gets emotional each time he works on these caskets, but he toughs it out because, he says, this is his calling.

"We just want to be able to provide that last embrace," said Siears. "These caskets come from our hearts into our hands."

A family that knows the pain of death all too well, and wants to help relieve some financial and emotional burdens from others.

Siears says they are accepting any help from the public that they can get to keep their foundation running. To find out how you can help "the Little Angels", click here.

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