Relief fund for Ron and Gail Thompson
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
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.
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.
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.
Pls let us help Nancy , she is one of the mudslide victim .God bless u all
I am elated that the goal has been raised and continues to grow. Best of luck.
May God continue to bless u!!
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-
Dear Friends, we thank God that you needed to go to Costco that morning. I love the Holy Spirit...and you two.
Ron, Thank you for the "KARIBUNI" sign! I am so glad you are safe.