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Widow inspired after car crash to pay it forward

On Dec.23 2014 her car was struck by a distracted driver in Texas - leaving her the only survivor. (Source: Laura Schumpert) On Dec.23 2014 her car was struck by a distracted driver in Texas - leaving her the only survivor. (Source: Laura Schumpert)
"Their life was not tragic. It was not sad. It was a great beautiful life, and they were beautiful people," Schumpert explained. (Source: Laura Schumpert) "Their life was not tragic. It was not sad. It was a great beautiful life, and they were beautiful people," Schumpert explained. (Source: Laura Schumpert)
As she moves forward, Laura remembers how things were, and keeps those memories alive by giving back. (Source: Laura Schumpert) As she moves forward, Laura remembers how things were, and keeps those memories alive by giving back. (Source: Laura Schumpert)
Laura says the last memory she has of LJ is buckling into his car seat. (Source: Laura Schumpert) Laura says the last memory she has of LJ is buckling into his car seat. (Source: Laura Schumpert)
One Heartland widow is using acts of kindness to remember her husband and son. (Source: Laura Schumpert) One Heartland widow is using acts of kindness to remember her husband and son. (Source: Laura Schumpert)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

One Heartland widow is using acts of kindness to remember her husband and son.

On Dec. 23, 2014 her car was struck by a distracted driver in Texas - leaving her the only survivor.

Her husband Jarred and son LJ were killed on impact.

Since then Laura Schumpert has been following her heart in dealing with her grief.

She was inspired to do something she thought was small, but could have a big impact on two little girl's lives.

"I just don't think people understand how quickly something like that can happen to you," Schumpert said.

Almost a year after the crash, Schumpert saw two little girls sitting in a truck without a car seat.

When she saw the two kids in the back of the car without car seats, she immediately asked their father if she could buy some for them, and that’s exactly what she did.

"I couldn’t in good conscience leave without knowing that you would at least be prepared if something like that could happened to you," she said.

Schumpert said the last memory she has of LJ is buckling him into his car seat.

"That little girl after she got buckled up and she waved at me and she smiled and it just was – it just takes you right back to that moment and all I can see is him," she said.

Since her family passed away, she has put on a toy drive.

Schumpert is a photographer and did a photo shoot for disabled children in her son’s name.

"Their life was not tragic. It was not sad. It was a great beautiful life, and they were beautiful people," Schumpert said. "I wanted to do things for people in their name so that it could maybe offset the horrendous of what happened."

As she moves forward, Schumpert remembers how things were, and keeps those memories alive by giving back.

"When you look back on it, I think I had nothing to ever be sad about, or unhappy about, or complain about. It was just a great life. We had a great life together," she said.

Schumpert said she is currently working on a photo book honoring her son LJ's life.

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