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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- A local family turned to Facebook, asking for help with funeral expenses. They ended up getting more help than they ever expected.
We know very little about the anonymous donor. We know she's a woman who just wanted to help a family in need.
The Langley family of Germantown, Ky. was close, with three brothers and one sister. But when David Langley passed away on St. Patrick's Day from a brain aneurysm, his siblings had a hard time coming up with the funds to pay for his funeral.
"We are a whole and we're not anymore," said Gladys Decker, David Langley's sister. "That bothers me. There were four of us, and now there are three, but we'll be okay."
So they turned to Dan McMahon, known as "Danny Mac." He operates the Germantown Schnitzelburg community Facebook page and owns Danny Mac's Pizza. He posted the family's plea for help.
Instantly, an anonymous donor who doesn't know the family stepped up and paid more than $1,200 for Langley's cremation and other funeral costs.
"She was just touched and felt like nobody needs to be in that position with having to pay for someone's funeral when they don't have the money," said McMahon.
"It means a lot, a whole lot," said Decker. "It just means to all of us, to everyone that knows David... we do what we can and help who we can. But that was a shock to us because we didn't expect that. That was totally unexpected."
The family says Langley had a mental disability and a mind of a 10-year-old, but would get around the city by bus and knew a lot of people.
"He's like a legend in Germantown," Decker said. "Everybody knew him, everybody."
The Baxter Avenue Church pastor also didn't know the family, but heard about their need and donated his church for the memorial service.
On Saturday afternoon, the pews are expected to be packed at the church as people come to remember Langley. The family hopes this kindness spreads, and also plans to pay it forward.
"We believe as Christians we've experienced God's love for us in Christ," said Ben Lairamore, the Baxter Avenue Church pastor. "It's our way to share that and pass that on."
"There's good people out there, wonderful good people out there, and we don't see them everyday," Decker said.
Langley's memorial service and potluck are scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. at Baxter Avenue Church.