After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Terry Graves said he wanted to do something to give back.
”When I first found out about Newtown,” Graves said, “I stopped in my tracks and cried.”
So Graves had 200 T-shirts printed by “Hands on Originals” with his own money to honor the victims and their families.
The 200 T-Shirts are going so quickly, that “Hands on Originals” is printing more. As the shirts are given away, people are asked to make a donation that Graves said will be given to the victims’ families’ fund.
Graves said seeing the Sandy Hook shooting brought back memories from five years ago when he was the victim of a random act of gun violence. He said someone came into his home, pointed a gun at him, and shot him in the leg.
“It's a dark place,” he said about remembering that day. “It's not a place that I enjoy visiting. It's a very inclusive place, if you will, for people that have been there. Because if you've never been there you don't really understand what that entire situation is about.”
Graves said many people reached out to him after he was shot, and he just wants to pay it forward to the Newtown victims.
“The senseless violence… It has to stop. It just has to stop,” Graves said.
The locations where people can pick up a T-Shirt has not yet been finalized. We will post it here on ABC 36 when we get that information.