LETTER: Hazel Valley School Principal Thanks Fire Victim Donors

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On Monday, January 28, 2012, a tragedy occurred for 12 of our Hazel Valley families. A three-alarm fire broke out in their apartment destroying most if not all of their possessions.

Out of this horrific event you came with unflinching support.

From the start, Lake Burien Presbyterian Church opened their hearts and welcomed families to stay in their care. The Local Red Cross, World Vision, The B-Town (Burien) Blog, Frenzi Clothing Store, Ages and Stages Childcare, Praisealujah Church and Normandy Park Church offered countless materials that were so desperately needed. Our Highline School District and Hazel Valley families also provided valuable and most needed support. We thank the Highline Foundation, Bus Drivers and Nurses from the Highline District who committed themselves with donations and the sharing of information. We want to recognize and say thank you to schools such as Hilltop, PSSC, Bow Lake, Madrona, Cedarhurst, Seahurst, Mt. Rainer, and Highline High Schools. Your help to our families was most beneficial.

With such tragedies, we presume that neighbors, nonprofits, and public agencies will provide support where they can; however, the amount of support our families have received and continue to receive is simply unparalleled.

Here are few examples:

  • A father who has no child at Hazel Valley but practices soccer here donated six bags of clothes.
  • Neighbors collected from other neighbors’ toiletries, toys, and clothes.
  • A mom who sold clothes in California brought those new clothes to Hazel Valley and donated them to our families.
  • Volunteers have spent countless hours unpacking donations while helping families find necessary resources.
  • Hazel Valley staff and families donated hundreds of dollars’ worth of emergency items.
  • Each day Highline school bus drivers brought bags of clothes and cleaning supplies.
  • Mt. Rainer High School students made blankets for students who were affected by the fire.
  • Elementary students dragged in bags bigger than them full of toys they wanted to share and offer their classmates.

This is just a sample of the countless hours, money, time, and effort unselfishly offered by our community and staff. Because of your generosity you have made an unfortunate circumstance bearable. You have given hope to those who may have felt hopeless. You have offered optimism and commitment to our children and families.

For this, the Hazel Valley School and community are eternally grateful.

Johnathan Maxwell Letcher

REMINDER: Don’t forget that our ‘”Up from the Ashes” fundraiser for victims of the Jan. 28 Tra-Lee Apartment fire will be next Saturday night, Feb. 16 at Bison Creek Pizza in Burien!

The event begins at 8 p.m., and will include live music from great Seattle band Lark vs Owl, along with special guests “The Ambaum Brothers Band,” a band put together by King County Prosecutor (and local boy) Dan Satterberg, featuring fellow B-Town boys John Rankin, Bob Eaton, Bill Mattocks, Tom Pratt, 
Fred Staples and special guests – other bands, a silent auction, raffle and much more. BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer will serve as Emcee, along with special guests all night long!

In addition to just showing up to the fundraiser event (and spending money) on Saturday night, Feb. 16, here are other ways to help these people in their time of need:


  • We are seeking donations of gift cards, collectibles and other cool stuff that can be used in the silent auction; if an item is big enough (think sports memorabilia, vacation rental, etc.) we’ll consider a live auction as well; please email [email protected] with any donations!


  • We have set up an account for victims at BECU – just drop into any branch and ask to donate to the “Up from the Ashes” fire victims fund.


  • To donate tangible items to families, like clothing, diapers, toys, etc. please drop into Frenzi at 218 SW 153rd in Burien (phone: 206-243-9000).


  • We can always use more help procuring items, organizing the auction and raffle, helping at the event and more! Email [email protected] if you can lend a hand!


  • Obviously, you’ll earn some major Karma points by helping some of your neighbors in need.
  • If your business donates an item, it’ll be mentioned and seen at the event; if your donation is significant enough, you’ll get a shout out and link to your business on The B-Town Blog as well as on our Facebook Event Page. This kind of generosity acknowledgement is often better than Advertising, as it shows you care for the community you do business in as well as its residents. Plus, you’ll get premium exposure to our ~65,000 monthly Readers!

In addition to the Feb. 16 event, there will also be a Tastefully Simple Party: MYSTERY HOST ONLINE PARTY on Thursday, Feb. 28, with 50% of profits being donated to fire victims! More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/547639105275741/

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Fundraiser Coordinator/Social Media
Becci Harrison
[email protected]

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