Buckley Family Fundraiser A Success

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3/10/08 UPDATE: Just received word that Hal Buckley’s back at work this morning, and that his co-employees raised nearly $2,000 for his family!

Excerpt from an email from Ken Riley, Controller of Pilot Freight Services:

Hal is back to work this morning

We have collected a total of $1,975, as this morning, I gave that to him

He is still living with friends and won’t have a permanent house for about three months.

Please keep in mind that we are still collecting stuff for him, but except for the clothes, he won’t be able to take it until he gets a house.

His story will be on the 6 o’clock news tonight, channel 13.

Someone in his church gave him a car, but it needs brakes and wheel bearings, the money we gave him will go to a good use.

Good luck to you, Hal and your family.

Ken Rily

On Sunday, B-Town residents and visitors opened their hearts and wallets to help the Buckley Family, who lost everything they owned in a fire last Tuesday:

Buckley House Damage

The kind folks at Thi Salon Services donated their entire day’s worth of hair styles, manicures, pedicures and other cures to the cause; here’s former Burien Mayor Noel Gibb of N & R Auto (at the Shell station at 156th& First Ave South) getting a pedicure (sorry Noel we couldn’t not take this photo):

Noel Gibb gets a pedicure

While across the street, daughter Morgan and her Girl Scout Troop sold cookies and got interviewed by KCPQ-TV:

Morgan Buckley's all smiles

In all, a total of $650 was reportedly raised, which goes directly to the Buckley Family in their time of need.

I met both Hal and Deana Buckley whilst buying some cookies from their daughter, and they were obviously very happy to see such a good turnout. Hal reports that his church donated a car to him this morning, which is a huge help.

Here are the Buckleys with a few of their Girl Scout pals:

Buckley Family and Friends

Here’s a list of what’s still needed:

  • Two sets of bunk beds
  • A home rental big enough for five
  • Cash
  • Gift Cards to stores like Fred Meyer, Target, etc.

Soon we’ll try to place a PayPal Donation button on the site, but until then anyone interested in helping is encouraged to call Kathy Vallade at 243-9595 or Gregory Heights School at 433-2323.

If you have any ideas on other ways to help (perhaps hold your own fundraiser?), please don’t hesitate to email Scott at the B-Town Blog. We’re here to do whatever we can to help as well.

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3 Responses to “Buckley Family Fundraiser A Success”
  1. karik61 says:

    Tis me again. 🙂 My daughter (Morgans GS sister) and I arrived a bit later, but Fox news was still on site. Sure was nice to see Morgan smiling so BIG! (Note: No 6pm news on Fox, it’ll be at 10 tonight.)

    We then went to see Hal and Deana across the street, and I was shocked when giving them the small amount I could at this time, that the salon owner insisted on giving me a cut and color!!

    However I think my favorite part of the day was being able to “sneak” in a baby cuddle with their youngest…>wink!<

    Thank you to everyone who helped this wondeful family and who continue to do so!!

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  2. hbuckley says:

    I want to thank everyone who has been helping us out. When I came home from work to the fire and found that my family was safe the next thing that went through my mind was “What now?”. We had the clothing that we were wearing, our car, one diaper bag with two diapers for each baby, half a can of formula and nothing else. I was thinking that we would wind up in a homeless shelter.

    The response from the community has been far above and beyond what we expected or even hoped for. Even though we are staying in the Renton Highlands now, we want to return to Burien. It’s a great town with great people and I want to raise my children there.

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