No one would disagree with the following statement. Luke Reece was a loving family man, a dedicated father, and a devoted husband. Together with his wife Shelley, they had five children. Luke was a respected member of the Davison, Michigan community where he held down a job so he could provide for his family. Out of nowhere, he was stricken with severe DVT blood clots and was rushed to the hospital.
Shelley prayed for a miracle. She couldn’t lose her beloved husband. He was her rock. But Luke’s condition worsened day by day. And sadly, at the young age of 32, he passed away from complications related to the DVT blood clots.
Shelley and her five children were broken. They couldn’t imagine life without Luke, whom they loved with all their hearts. But not only Luke’s family grieved for his loss – but hundreds of people in the community also felt the loss of the great man.
Without missing a beat, the community rallied around Shelley and helped with generous donations. The family did not have to want for anything in the wake of Luke’s passing thanks to family, friends, and strangers who just did not want the family to struggle after losing the head of the household.
Although most people gave generously in the form of money, food, and clothing, one of the daughter’s former teachers, Steven Culbert, offered something different to help the family through this hard time.
Culbert had made hospital visits during Luke’s final days and promised he’d do what he could to help the family. But before Luke passed, Culbert had to ask the devoted father a single question. So he did. He asked Luke’s permission to take his two daughters to the Daddy-Daughter dance at school along with Culbert’s two daughters.
In the end, Luke’s final wish for his family to be happy and taken care of. So when he heard Culbert’s request, his heart was warmed and he was grateful that another man in the community was there to do what he could not.
Shelley shared an image of Culbert and the daughters on Facebook along with the following message.
“Wow! There are not enough words to express my gratitude to this humble giving teacher and friend and everyone involved to make this a night to remember. He has wrapped his arms around my girls and made sure they know he is there for them since Luke’s passing.
“He has always been a teacher, and role model children could look up to, he goes above and beyond for all his students. He visited us while Luke was in the hospital, and while there he asked the girls to be his and his girls’ special dates for the daddy-daughter dance.”
She added, “He, among many other giving people, made sure this was a day to remember. The morning started out with him taking them to breakfast with his sweet family, off to the park to play, then to Stonegate where he got their hair and nails done, of course, hit their favorite-McDonalds.
“Later he traveled out to North Branch where the girls were in their Aunt Laura’s wedding. We got them in their dresses picked out for them and their corsages all bought by other parents. They were surprised when their ride was a limo (thank you, Mr. Matt, for driving) to the dance, all four girls were so tickled and excited. They even ended up getting ice cream after the dance.”
What do you think about this teacher’s generous offer?