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Having lost inventory in UPS crash, company vows to help victims' families

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A company that lost 13,000 pieces of inventory when a UPS cargo jet crashed short of the Birmingham airport has said it will donate proceeds from their product sales to help the families of the flight crew who perished.

Kristi Grien, president of Freeset USA, said they lost 100 boxes of their hand-crafted bags, representing their entire fall inventory.

"We had a good amount of boxes that you're probably looking at on the field over there," said Grien, referencing the wreckage on the hill. "But none of that compares to the life that was lost."

She said they have several hundred blank T-shirts that they will produce with special designs to honor the crash victims, and will sell the shirts on their website, freesetglobal.com.

The shirts were already available as of 6 p.m. Thursday, just 36 hours after the plane crashed.

"I know when I've had relatives pass away, just the funeral and death expenses are tremendous," said Grien, explaining why they wanted to donate their product. "We'll take what we do have and use it for good. Because obviously their loss is tremendously more than what we experienced."

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