Local Girls Raise Over $300 For Injured Whitney Sellers At Outdoor Movie

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Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer

After reading a post on The B-Town Blog about how a 13-year old Burien girl was hit in a crosswalk, severely injured and in need of donations, four young local girls dug deep, convinced their parents to buy candy, water and drinks, spent the day popping popcorn, then raised over $300 for Whitney Sellers by selling concessions at the final ‘Movies in the Park’ Friday night.

It all started when Hanna Rasmussen read a story on the Blog about how Whitney, 13, was hit by a truck in a Burien crosswalk on Aug. 7th. Her pelvis was broken, and her Mom needed help paying medical expenses.

Hanna asked her Mom, Carrie Rasmussen, if she could hold a fundraiser for Whitney, even though she’d never met her. Carrie said “yes” of course, and after a phone call to Burien Parks’ Gina Kallman, the girls got permission to sell concessions to raise money at Friday night’s free showing of “Despicable Me” at Lake Burien School Park.

“Tired and tallied, $331 is the final count,” said Carrie. “I am going to take Hanna up to Key Bank Saturday to deposit it into Whitney’s Recovery Account.”

Of course, the girls had a lot to say as well:


“I saw the story on the blog (B-Town) and thought I should help her and her mom.  I didn’t know her, sometimes it is just nice to help people.”


“I felt bad and thought it would be nice to help and it would be a good thing to do.”


“If this happened to me I would want others to help out.”


“When I help it feels good inside and I feel that person’s feelings.  And I just want to help people when they are in need.”

“On a side note, I just want to say what a wonderfully caring community we live in,” Carrie added. “When I asked Burien Press for a coffee donation, they agreed without hesitation. It was also great to run out of popcorn and candy and still have people coming up to just give a donation.”

If you missed last night’s chance to help Whitney out, you can do so online at this website set up to help her. Whitney will have to learn to walk again, but can’t even begin that process for 6-8 weeks. You can also donate in person to the Whitney Sellers Recovery Fund at any Key Bank.

Whitney, in a wheelchair, was able to come watch the movie, where she met the girls at their concession table. Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer was also there to capture the following images from what was truly an inspiring, feel-good B-Town night:

Zoe, Hanna, Ashley and Sarah sold concessions to benefit Whitney Sellers at 'Movies in the Park.'

Whitney Sellers, seated in a wheelchair, meets the girls. Her Mom, Jennifer Shields, stands behind her.

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