“On the day before Christmas Eve at 4:30 am, my father received a phone call that he never thought he would ever receive in his lifetime. It was a phone call from the fire department, letting him know that his convenience store was set on fire, burned into flames.
For those that don't know our story, my family and I immigrated to America to pursue the American Dream. My parents left everything behind in South Korea because they wanted to pursue a better life and future for their children. My parents had nothing here and in order to pay the bills, my father became a small business owner of a convenience store, named Firdale Market located in Edmonds, Washington.
Firdale Market has been our family store since 2004. There's not a day in the past sixteen years that my father hasn't worked. My father dedicated his heart and soul to this store and because of this, it has provided us a community through our regular customers, and it helped send my brother and me to college. This store was everything to my family.
Due to the recent fire in our store, it no longer exists. From ceiling to floor, everything was in ashes and it has forced my father to be out of work. We have no words as to why or how this happened, and although my father won't admit it, he needs your help. What he lost wasn't just his retirement, but it was everything he worked so hard for — his American Dream.
Though we feel hesitate asking for help, we are hopeful for what’s to come. My father has invested 16+ years of his life investing into the community of Edmonds, and it would be a tremendous gift for him to see the community give back in his time of need. What we ask most for is prayer, and for those who have a heart to give financially — the money you donate to this campaign will go towards recovering the losses, us getting a lawyer to work on this case, and a love offering for my father. Thank you so much. “
- James Wildey
- Heather L Bredeson
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