CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- After a tragic hit-and-run killed three girl scouts and a mom, the community has rallied together in a number of ways including one local man is doing his part by bringing the community together and lifting up the families in prayer.
"It's been a roller coaster ride,” said Jason Mathison. He is on a mission and his driving all over the Chippewa Valley to deliver his decals. "So we are selling them for $5 a pop and all of the proceeds go to the families,” Mathison said.
It started with making just six decals in his basement, but as demand grew he reached out to Jay's Sign Service in Eau Claire to make 500 more, and those were gone in just 2 hours. “Don't limit God, it's amazing what can come out of something so small and just plant a seed and you don't know what is going to happen,” Mathison said.
Now, they have made nearly three thousand and distributed them to businesses all over the community. "It's been huge, we've had a lot of people come in and we've had a lot of people give more than what they need to just to show their support,” said Jeri Maher, the Gordy’s store director.
It’s a small decal with a simple message to pray for Chippewa Falls and the original design was created by Clay Howard who is on staff at Central. "It didn't personally involve me but we are a close community and we just wanted to be able to say that we support and we are praying, lots of prayers,” said Laura Bitney of Chippewa Falls.
They are providing comfort for a hurting community. "I think maybe the one message that came out of all of this is what the good that you can do is, we can't do everything but what is the good that I can do,” said Alan Dunham, the youth director at Chippewa Valley Bible Church.
The decals cost $5 a piece and all of the proceeds going to support the victim's families. "Listening to Brain Kelley that dad of one of the girls who was killed, he was talking about as money comes in, through any means that he wants to use it to help people in the community and use it in a way that would honor his daughter."
Although helping in this way is not at all what Jason had originally planned, it's turned into more than ever imagined. "I love the fact that this has gotten so big and we just see this enormous God showing up,” Mathison said.