In ~Celebration~ of Jenny McCollum

$3,540 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 23 people in 34 months
Kevin Mccollum  EVERETT, WA
11 Years ago today my mother was returning home from her antique mall, She was returning home via her usual route.  At that same time 4 teenage boys who had been drinking at a party celebrating a friends birthday, left, and began racing down side streets::  they recklessly  crossed the same  path that invariably and profoundly changed the lives of all involved. The driver was doing 80 mph through a stop sign. My mother was killed instantly and two of the 4 teenagers were also killed. The ripple effect was wide spread and grief filled many hearts.

    My mother Jenny McCollum grew up in Everett. She graduated from Everett High, owned 2 successful antique shops in Everett, lived at 2026 Colby Avenue and died in Everett at the intersection of 23rd and Wetmore, four blocks from home. Nothing will bring her or the other 2 boys back. The best that can be done is remembering with love and atone. For the first time I recently connected with the person driving the vehicle, the person that was responsible for the death of my mother and 2 of his friends. It was a long overdue meeting.  I am glad it took place, it seems additional healing can occur, and something beyond healing.   He is human, someone that made choices, as we all do at times, that had far reaching consequences. His intent that day was not to go out and harm others. I can forgive him for the choices he made that day and I can safely develop a relationship with him due to the unforeseen circumstance that took my mother. 

    
BENCH WILL BE PURCHASED THROUGH SNOHOMISH COUNTY PARKS DONATION PROGRAM ANY EXTRA MONEY WILL BE DONATED TO THE FAMILIES OF THE 2 BOYS ALSO LOST IN THE CRASH.
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Update 12
Posted by Kevin McCollum
30 months ago

Bayside and surrounding neighborhoods...this is for you!!! This park has been in the works for at least 13 years!!! So many of the neighborhood residents worked hard to make this park and reality..and finally with the help of the city and the Parks department, the grand opening will be next Satuday...bring the kids it will be a fun event...see below!!
The Bayside Neighborhood Association and Everett Parks & Recreation invite you to join your neighbors and Mayor Stephanson for a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by fun activities for all: a treasure hunt for kids, music, cake & ice cream, prizes and a seed exchange.

Plus: Bayside Centennial P-Patch 20-year birthday celebration! Join us at the P-Patch for a yummy potluck! Check us out on Facebook under Bayside Neighborhood Association.

Our Thanks to Aileen Langhans for the donation of a bench for the Bayside Park and to Kevin McCollum for a bench to be placed in the P-Patch in memory of his Mother, Jennie McCollum.
The Day has come!
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Update 11
Posted by Kevin McCollum
31 months ago
The total amount has been raised!!! Thank you everyone who has written to me about their memories of my mother and has donated!!

Another option has become available for a bench or table in a brand new park that is being completed. The park happens to be in a place where my mom used to travel through to go fishing on the water front or go and sit with the homeless people down by the railroad tracks when she was a girl. lol Mom.

I'm still sorting my feelings as to which park. Howarth or Bayside. I will let everyone know as soon as it is decided. Thank you all! :)
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Update 10
Posted by Kevin McCollum
32 months ago
I took a trip to Howarth this last week with a crew of teen age kids. We barbecued overlooking the water and it was beautiful! I am anxious for the day the table is placed. Thank you for all that donated and made this possible. I will keep everyone posted to when the special day happens. It seems July will be the month.
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Update 9
Posted by Kevin McCollum
33 months ago
I have decided a picnic table at Howarth would be perfect. :)
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$3,540 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 23 people in 34 months
Created February 22, 2014
BS
$20
Bryan Seavy
21 months ago

Thank you for your efforts in making this special gift for the community.

WC
$75
Wendy Cooper-Parkinson
31 months ago
$20
Anonymous
32 months ago
$25
Anonymous
33 months ago
$1,000
Anonymous
33 months ago
$50
Anonymous
33 months ago
$750
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33 months ago
$100
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33 months ago
KF
$50
Karri Fedale
33 months ago

I have so many wonderful, and many times, funny memories of Jenny, who was such a uniquely genuine and kind soul. I miss her daily.

$25
Connie Becerra
33 months ago

:) You are getting there!

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