Days After Fatal Gretna Crash, Community Doing All They Can to Help

Posted at 6:09 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 19:26:54-04

SARPY COUNTY, Neb. — The Gretna community is taking steps to heal after four young girls died in a fiery car crash late Monday evening.

People in Gretna and the surrounding communities are doing all they can for those affected the most.

Support is pouring out in all different forms.

"I've been seeing a lot of high school kids coming in and be very sad. They came in yesterday and bought lots of flowers until we did sell out of flowers," Manager of McKinney's Food Center, Cindy Hanson, said.

Anything to help the families and friends of the victims. Anything to help them heal.

"I've seen everybody pulling together. I am on Facebook and I'm starting to see where they are doing meal trains for some of the families and I think that's great. I've seen people come in and buy gift cards for restaurants to help out with that also," Hanson said.

A small roadside memorial is being added to every single day at the site of the crash. Flowers are being left at the school.

"I did drive by the high school and sen the cars and how they've been trying to maybe extend their feelings that way and I think that might be good and healthy for them," Hanson said.

But the outpouring of support goes beyond the Gretna community.

"We thought it would just be an Omaha thing, a community thing but that hasn't been the case at all. We've had people reach out from Texas and just all over the place," Team Assistant at One80 Real Estate, Gina Mancuso, said.

A local business is pitching in to help.

"That happened Monday evening and Tuesday morning we had our team meeting. During the team meeting the news hit us and I actually personally know a father of the lone survivor. So we stopped everything that we were doing," Mancuso said.

A GoFundMe has been created to help the victims' families during such a hard time.

"Overwhelmed completely by the support and by the community instantly. Right now we're sitting at about $11,000 and it's stilling growing and growing every hour," Mancuso said.

Something to show support and love.

"So in a couple weeks we'll present the checks evenly distributed to each of the five families," Mancuso said.

Something to help.

"I wish that there was more that I could do," Mancuso said.

As the community continues to grieve.

"Devastated. I have no words as a parent of a teenage daughter also, it's just very,very sad," Hanson said.

"I can't even imagine, I'm only 28 so I'm not a parent yet. I just imagine that being the worst nightmare," Mancuso said.

As of Wednesday, June 19 at 6PM, the GoFundMe has raised $13,000 of their $1,000 goal.