A Stark County community has come together like never before, raising nearly $100,000 in just 2 days, after the volleyball coach and wife of a school principal died a day after giving birth to their fourth child.
Andy Shook has been friends with Carri and Mike Norris of Louisville for many years. Just 2 days ago, he was shocked to find out Carri died unexpectedly at the hospital. His good friend Mike was left to raise four children on his own.
“She was the lynchpin of this family. Stay-at-home mom and did everything for her kids and for Mike. There will be a very, very big void,” said Shook.
Shook says Carri died from a blood clot about 24 hours after giving birth.
Shook wanted to do something to help.
"We started kicking around ideas," he says.
A GoFundMe page was one of them. A meal plan was another.
He had no idea just how much help he could get.
Mike is the principal of Louisville Elementary School. Carri was a volleyball coach in what Shook says is a tight-knit community.
The GoFundMe page has nearly reached its $100,000 goal in just 2 days with more than 1,000 generous donors.
But Shook says Mike never asked for help. “He would give every penny back in a second if he didn't have to go through this,” he said.
Andy hopes the funds can help with funeral costs and even cover the cost of some projects the couple had planned for their new home.
“We felt like it was something the family deserved,” Said Shook.
The funeral for Carri Norris will take place Saturday at the Louisville Baptist Temple at 10 a.m. You can read her full obituary here.