grieving mother finds solace in helping local families in need | News
WOODSTOCK, Ga. (CBS46) – A mother who recently lost her teenage son is determined to make the holiday season a bright one for other struggling families this year.
Shawnda Schafer said Christmas didn’t feel the same way after her 14-year-old son Landon Andrews was shot dead in October.
“It was something he was looking forward to, counting the days and everything,” Schafer said. “I don’t even want to call it a new normal. It’s not normal.”
Christmas was Andrews’ favorite holiday. The holidays, once filled with joy, now seem empty for the grieving mother.
“It just makes you question things that there are no questions about,” Schafer said.
Andrews was shot and killed at a house party in Cherokee County in October. While the police searched for the person responsible, Schafer made a discovery about other families in distress.
“They always say if you go through something, there is someone going through the same thing or even worse,” she explained.
This awareness inspired Schafer to create the “LB22” foundation to help families in need. His work pays tribute to his son nicknamed “Lando Bando” who often wore the number 22 when he played sports.
This holiday season, LB22 has benefited eight Atlanta-area families struggling with domestic violence, medical issues and financial hardship. Schafer provided toys, clothes and other items for the children and their parents.
“I know they woke up this morning able to open things, and that was just a burden on the parents,” Schafer said.
Some wounds never heal completely. However, lightening the load on others when it all seems so heavy gives off a sense of comfort today.
“It’s the only good thing to get out of such a lousy situation. I don’t have to focus so much on the investigation. That’s what does it for me, ”Schafer said.
Schafer also sets up a scholarship fund to benefit student-athletes at Kell High School, where his son played football.