Prepare for a lot of toasters and towels, Jon Meis.
After Meis tackled a gunman during Thursday’s deadly shooting at Seattle Pacific University, people around the country began to call him a hero.
They praised his bravery, in which he pepper-sprayed the suspect after three people were shot. They called out his selflessness. They described him as “wonderful,” “gentle” and “soft-spoken.”
Then Seattle Redditors found Meis’ wedding registry, and a whole new way of recognizing the quiet SPU student was born.
“This is the wedding registry for the man who subdued the SPU gunman,” wrote Serasha on Reddit, linking to a Crate & Barrel registry. ”You know what to do.”
And they did.
“It’s only a loaf pan, but it gave me the chance to say thank you,” someone wrote. ”This kid took a huge risk and saved the lives of who-knows-how-many other young people with so much potential and so much of life ahead of them. Here’s wishing all the best to him and his fiancee!!”
Someone else added: “My company just bought him a memory foam mattress pad with my company Visa.”
Meis had been doing a volunteer security shift at SPU’s Otto Miller Hall when a gunman burst into the building Thursday afternoon. He shot three students, one fatally, police said. When he apparently stopped to reload his gun, Meis pepper-sprayed him and held him on the ground with the help of other students.
A comment on the funding page from Abby Carson, a student who was reportedly on the second floor of the building taking a math test during the shooting, summed up the thoughts of many in the SPU community and beyond. “Thank you for saving my life and many others. It was your interception we were all praying for in those moments. You brought a sigh of relief to countless families. Forever a hero.”
Update 2: All items on the wedding registry have been purchased. Some multiple times.
Update 3: Manuel Valdes of the Associated Press is reporting that Seattle Pacific University alumnus Michael Hasegawa-Yun started a page on GiveForward.com to help pay funeral expenses for victim Paul Lee. It has also surpassed its goal. You can visit the page and donate to the victims by clicking here.