Signs raise thousands for UCC victims

Roseburg, Ore. — One week ago, the small community of Roseburg was rocked by the events at Umpqua Community College. But what’s followed is an incredible outpouring of support by friends, neighbors, and complete strangers.

In the front yard of a house on Todd Street in Roseburg, a simple metal cut out is bringing healing to a community so in need.

“My original idea was to take 50 bucks of materials and turn it into 500 and I thought that would be a good chunk,” Justin Troxel says, “I posted something on facebook and I had people lining up in my driveway 15 minutes later.”

Days later, that $500 has turned to $40,000, with every penny going to support the victims of the UCC shooting. Every piece of sheet metal has been donated by local businesses, and more than 70 volunteers have helped to paint them green. Troxel says it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions, but one that the entire community has gotten aboard.

“Everybody that’s been here has shed a lot of tears, but its not all just sad tears either its just people their happy they can help and people get emotional about it.”

Troxel has had requests for the $10 signs in all 50 states as well as Switzerland and France. He’s also invited any member of the president’s staff to stop by and pick one up for the White House lawn.

 

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