Big Fundraiser Set For Saturday To Help Thomas Family

By: Jeanne GustafsonCourtesy Jeanne Gustafson, Sammamish-Issaquah Patch
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What would you do for a fellow Wolf Pack Mom? What about one you've only met once?
Kimmberly Lewis said for her, the answer is a lot. The Sammamish woman has organized a fundraiser garage sale for this weekend atEastlake High Schoolin support of the family ofChristie Thomas, who has been hospitalized since July 30 after suffering an aneurysm.
Items are being accepted for donation on Friday, Dec. 7, from 3-11 p.m. at the Eastlake Team Room (signs will be posted) and Lewis said she hopes a lot of people will come out and shop on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lewis said her son, who plays football at Eastlake, told her last summer that a new family had moved to town and one of the kids, Richard "Blue" Thomas, was a football player. She didn't think much of it except to make a point to welcome his mom, Christie Thomas, the first time they met at a football event.
In fact, it wasn't until the season began in earnest and Lewis was looking for Thomas at the games in hopes of getting to know her better that she learned about the devastating stroke that has kept Thomas hospitalized since July 30.
It's been a long and arduous road for Thomas ever since the stroke. In October, Dirk Knudsen ofNorthwestPrepReport.comreported thatThomas was about to be taken off life supportand urged the community to offer support to her and her family, including three children,through a Facebook page.
Somehow, Thomas found the strength to pull through when life support was removed, Lewis said, and she has continued to make small but important improvements. Last week, she was able to say "Hi" to her husband, also named Richard, Lewis said.
Lewis said she knows the community strongly supports its own, but since the Thomases are fairly new to town, she feels word may not have spread as rapidly as usual about their struggle.
Courtesy Jeanne Gustafson, Sammamish-Issaquah Patch
GIFT CARDS:Safeway, Costco, ARCO Gift Cards, Target – Mail to the address in #2 below.
CASH DONATIONS:Benevolent Accounts have been setup with BECU for Christie and donations can be made by credit card at (a 2.2% fee is charged by PayPal) as follows:
Enter your email address and the Christie Thomas Benevolent Account email address:ChristieThomasBenevolentAcct@gmail.comandyour Donation Amount. Login to your PayPal account or setup a new account. You can donate from your checking account or credit card SECURELY.
CHECK: Payable to Christie Thomas Benevolent Account and mail to me, Karilyn Dammarell, 18676 NE 55thWay, Redmond, WA 98052.
BECU: Walk into a Boeing Employees Credit Union and make a donation to the Christie Thomas Benevolent Account.
TAKE THEM A MEAL:An online site has been setup to bring dinners to the Thomas Family. Nineteen year old MaRyann has been taking care of her 16 and 10 year old brothers and her dad and it would be a great blessing for them to receive dinners. Go to: Pick a date, enter your name, email address, phone number and what your meal is and click on “Take”. Read the “Notes” to get an idea of what they like and where they live.
Related Topics:Christie ThomasandEastlake High School