Relief fund for Ron and Gail Thompson

$42,150 of $50k goal

Raised by 380 people in 33 months
Jennifer Thompson-Johnson  ARLINGTON, WA
Help Ron and Gail Thompson after their total loss from the Oso 530 mudslide. They were lucky enough to have just left the house before it happened but they lost everything they had and are starting from nothing with their elderly mother. Their daughter Jennifer Johnson is collecting money to help them. They are currently being told there will be no insurance money to cover landslides of this nature and will be unable to recover the property lost.  


#530slide
30812 Stealhead Dr, Arlington, wa 98223

From Seattle Times Article on 3/25/2014
Ron and Gail Thompson moved into a one-bedroom cabin on five acres on Steelhead Drive in 2003, said their daughter, Jennifer Johnson, of Arlington.
When the 2006 mudslide hit the area, the Thompsons made soup and tater tots for Army Corps of Engineers officials and a TV news crew, Johnson said.
"I had conversations with the Army Corps of Engineers the last time this happened. They showed me a map and said Mom and Dad's house would be safe," she said Monday.
"When we moved them in there, I never in a million years, never in a billion years, thought about (a mudslide) ... Dad was like, "˜We're going to be fine,' and I just believed him."
Johnson's parents and 85-year-old grandmother left their house eight minutes before the slide hit on Saturday morning for a trip to Costco, Johnson said. The couple lost everything, including Ron's new John Deere tractor and Gail's Volkswagen.
"I don't regret them living there. ... I hurt for my parents, but that's where they wanted to be," Johnson said.
Johnson said she won't let her parents live on the water again.
"They are in mourning; they're in shock," she said. "They're heartbroken for their neighbors."

King5 Newscast with Ron, Gail and Jen
http://www.king5.com/news/local/Survivors-of-2006-landslide-near-Oso-recalls--252396171.html

Q13Fox Article:   http://q13fox.com/2014/03/26/how-to-help-mudslide-victims-families-and-surrounding-community/#umh4l7LgYPPg5VT1.01



**Jennifer Johnson of Arlington, WA is the daughter of Ron and Gail Thompson of 30812 Stealhead Dr, Arlington, WA 98223. Ron and Gail are staying with Jenninfer and the funds are collected by her and go to a joint account with Jennifer and her Mom. All proceeds go towards helping them get a new place to live and vital items to re-establish themselves. Jim Pemberton is also an adminstator on this site. All e-mail will go to Jim and be forwarded to the family.
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Update 17
Posted by Jim Pemberton
29 months ago
Mom and Dad just signed loan papers on the new home in OSO. We’re hoping to close tomorrow, then start making this place their own. They are very excited and look forward to being back with their community and friends. This experience has been a test of FAITH and Love. We have all changed… and will continue to heal and move forward. They are so excited to have a few of their Steelhead Drive family member over for dinner. She told them as long as it’s not more than 39 days in a month they are welcomed to come over. This will help the process and healing to continue. Thank you everyone for your generous donations and prayers for my family.
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Update 16
Posted by Jim Pemberton
30 months ago
Today for the first time since the Oso slide on March 22, my Grandma was able to really hear. Her hearing aids were lost in the slide at my parents home. Phonak Health/Medical Pharmaceuticals has generously donate new hearing aids. I called my Mom today when they were leaving The Hearing & Balance Lab, just to see how it was going. When I asked my Mom how is Grandma doing, I heard my Grandma say, " I can hear you and I'm seating in the back seat." I was so happy to hear the excitement from her voice. Grandma has been having some really hard, challenging moments with her confusion and health issues. Thank you so much Phonak for giving my Grandma the ability to hear our voices again.
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Update 15
Posted by Jim Pemberton
30 months ago
It's offical Mom & Dad have put an offer on a house in Oso. We are at the beginning of this process, but hope to have them in their new home sometime in July. The house is located on Deer Creek behind the Oso Fire Station. I want to thank everyone for your continual prayers. Everyday we wake up and remember the events on the morning of March 22. We are forever changed, but know our job is to move forward. Our thoughts and prayers continue for all the families of Steelhead Dr.
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Update 14
Posted by Jim Pemberton
31 months ago
Mom and Dad out by the fire :)
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Rick Randall
32 months ago

Hello everyone, I am one of Ron and Gail's very lucky sons-in-law. Last weekend was a scary, life changing weekend for our family. For many families. Many of the neighbors that we'd grown to know well over the years -- people who often came over to Ron and Gail's to shoot the breeze, sit around the fire, maybe have a nice adult beverage with. People who's kids and dogs we played with often -- were taken by the slide. Those people cannot be brought back or replaced, but those memories cannot be taken from us. The heartache that we've all felt for those families and for my in-laws is definitely not gone. It's likely that it never completely will be. But the outpouring of love and support from so many of you has definitely lifted everyone's spirits. The messages on Facebook, the emails, texts and phone calls, and the overwhelming contributions here to their relief fund, sharing of our updates and others' regarding the slide efforts, all of those things have been of great help. Many of you who have never even met these great people went out of your way to contribute and send well wishes and words of support. They possibly won't be able to personally thank you all, but I want each of you to know that every "little" thing that has been done for them, for us and for all of those affected, is helping to lift everyone from out of these dark days. So, thank you. From everyone in our family. Thank you so much. We all feel the love.

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CLinton Vining
32 months ago

Gail and Ron, My father is a member of Sno County SAR and we have some photos of you and your family found in the debris. We would love to get these to you. Dad also knows where some other things from your home may be able to be recovered. It's mostly buried, but we found the bear "Thompsons" sign that we also found a picture of. Contact me on Facebook or viningct at hotmail.com and I'll get you in touch with Dad.

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S Maria Santiago
32 months ago

Pls let us help Nancy , she is one of the mudslide victim .God bless u all

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Renee Greenleaf
32 months ago

I am elated that the goal has been raised and continues to grow. Best of luck.

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Catrina Raiford
32 months ago

May God continue to bless u!!

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Andrea Potter
32 months ago

My heart goes out to your family. My prayers are with you guys. Amanda is the manager of us bank where I work and it breaks my heart to see someone i care about in pain. I hope even the smallest donations help. Andrea potter-

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Carrie Wilson
32 months ago

Dear Friends, we thank God that you needed to go to Costco that morning. I love the Holy Spirit...and you two.

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Annie Lales
33 months ago

Ron, Thank you for the "KARIBUNI" sign! I am so glad you are safe.

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$42,150 of $50k goal

Raised by 380 people in 33 months
Created March 23, 2014
Jennifer Thompson-Johnson  
$50
Anonymous
7 months ago
$50
Jeannette Degoede
29 months ago
$50
Anonymous
30 months ago
AL
$200
Andrea Lockie
30 months ago

Glad to hear you've been able to make an offer on a new home.. Good luck from NC..

LH
$100
Laura Hofmann
31 months ago

Ron and Gail - We're so happy that you were spared from the catastrophe. Best wishes for life renewal and a wonderful future! Danny and Laura.

AL
$80
Andrea Lockie
31 months ago

Good luck with planning for your new home from NC. I'm following your heart felt story....

$20
Anonymous
31 months ago
JS
$50
Jack & Eyleen Shouman
31 months ago

We are so saddened by this horrible loss to so many. I (Eyleen) met Mr. Thompson while on a walk through the Gleneagle neighborhood a couple of weeks ago and am so amazed by his positive outlook. Our best wishes to all of you.

$1,000
Anonymous
31 months ago
RH
$50
Rae Hagerman
31 months ago
Rick Randall
32 months ago

Hello everyone, I am one of Ron and Gail's very lucky sons-in-law. Last weekend was a scary, life changing weekend for our family. For many families. Many of the neighbors that we'd grown to know well over the years -- people who often came over to Ron and Gail's to shoot the breeze, sit around the fire, maybe have a nice adult beverage with. People who's kids and dogs we played with often -- were taken by the slide. Those people cannot be brought back or replaced, but those memories cannot be taken from us. The heartache that we've all felt for those families and for my in-laws is definitely not gone. It's likely that it never completely will be. But the outpouring of love and support from so many of you has definitely lifted everyone's spirits. The messages on Facebook, the emails, texts and phone calls, and the overwhelming contributions here to their relief fund, sharing of our updates and others' regarding the slide efforts, all of those things have been of great help. Many of you who have never even met these great people went out of your way to contribute and send well wishes and words of support. They possibly won't be able to personally thank you all, but I want each of you to know that every "little" thing that has been done for them, for us and for all of those affected, is helping to lift everyone from out of these dark days. So, thank you. From everyone in our family. Thank you so much. We all feel the love.

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CLinton Vining
32 months ago

Gail and Ron, My father is a member of Sno County SAR and we have some photos of you and your family found in the debris. We would love to get these to you. Dad also knows where some other things from your home may be able to be recovered. It's mostly buried, but we found the bear "Thompsons" sign that we also found a picture of. Contact me on Facebook or viningct at hotmail.com and I'll get you in touch with Dad.

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S Maria Santiago
32 months ago

Pls let us help Nancy , she is one of the mudslide victim .God bless u all

+ Read More
Renee Greenleaf
32 months ago

I am elated that the goal has been raised and continues to grow. Best of luck.

+ Read More
Catrina Raiford
32 months ago

May God continue to bless u!!

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Andrea Potter
32 months ago

My heart goes out to your family. My prayers are with you guys. Amanda is the manager of us bank where I work and it breaks my heart to see someone i care about in pain. I hope even the smallest donations help. Andrea potter-

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Carrie Wilson
32 months ago

Dear Friends, we thank God that you needed to go to Costco that morning. I love the Holy Spirit...and you two.

+ Read More
Annie Lales
33 months ago

Ron, Thank you for the "KARIBUNI" sign! I am so glad you are safe.

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