West Seattle fire followup: Neighborhood benefit for victims

(Tuesday photo by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
Just in from Lisa, via WSB comments following our coverage of the Tuesday night fire on 20th SW:

Hi everyone, just want to get the word out that as neighbors and friends of the family, we are having a fundraiser hot dog & lemonade sale for the family this Saturday. Our front lawn at 8442 20th Ave SW, just three doors down. My husband will be grilling hot dogs from noon-5 pm for a minimum donation of $2 and my daughter will be selling lemonade for donations. We have been in contact with the granddaughter and we will be giving all monies to her to give to Martha and her son. Martha was always very involved in the community and we hope that same community will come by and show their support.

Lisa says Martha’s community involvement included being a longtime member of Highland Park Improvement Club: “We know she lost everything, so hopefully with the money we make she can go out and get some basic necessities. More than anything we want to show our support as neighbors and give back to a very wonderful person who has given so much to her community.”

12 Replies to "West Seattle fire followup: Neighborhood benefit for victims"

  • LStephens May 3, 2012 (5:58 pm)

    What a kind and thoughtful thing to do for neighbors!

  • Rebecca May 3, 2012 (7:25 pm)

    I’ll be there with a few friends. Thanks!

  • John May 3, 2012 (8:10 pm)

    We should all be so fortunate to have such caring and considerate neighbors. Thanks for the information.

  • coffee May 3, 2012 (8:39 pm)

    Someone should contact franz and gai bakeries to see if they will donate buns and also the local grocery stores for the dogs….

  • Mike May 3, 2012 (10:03 pm)

    Is there a list of clothing sizes, items needed that people might be able to give them? My wife and I need to go through our stuff and donate a load of clothing and items, some might be a good fit if they need them.

  • Lisa May 3, 2012 (11:47 pm)

    Mike – I do not have a list of sizes but I do know that they are both slender people. I would be happy to take up a clothing collection for them and anything that doesn’t suit them I can drop off at NW Center or Goodwill. Unfortunately, I don’t have any list of specific immediate needs so that’s why we are just asking for monetary donations. As for the buns, if anyone out there has time to procure these items that would be great. I just don’t have the time. And my husband spoke to the mgr at QFC already and apparently they cannot make donations to random fundraisers – you have to have certain affiliations, etc.

  • Jane Conrad May 4, 2012 (6:32 am)

    I’ll be there and am spreading the word. So sad.

  • Heather May 4, 2012 (7:19 am)

    I work down the street from a bread outlet store i will stop and get some buns and bring them over tonight! I live down the street…

  • Jason Mallett May 4, 2012 (9:45 am)

    Our family is truly humbled by the show of support, but insurance will cover all of the items lost, so a smile and a hug are the best donations.

  • Lisa May 4, 2012 (10:39 am)

    Heather – that’s awesome! This will be a huge help. Thanks so much.

  • Tia May 4, 2012 (4:18 pm)

    Thanks for heading this up Lisa. Would you welcome baked goods to sell as well? I could probably bake up some cookies or brownies tonight and could drop them off tomorrow at whatever time works for you, I’m just a few blocks away. Let me know.

  • Lisa May 4, 2012 (5:29 pm)

    Tia – Yes, baked goods would be very welcomed! I have another neighbor bringing rice crispy treats, so anything you want to bring would be great. Any time you can make it over is fine. Thanks!

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