Mayor Ed Murray today called on the community to join in support those injured the Aurora Bridge crash. United Way of King County has established the Sept. 24 Aurora Collision Relief Fund,
with all proceeds to support patients and their families. Donations can be made at: www.uwkc.org/aurora.
The Sept. 24th crash on the Aurora Bridge has devastated the lives of families from abroad and here in Seattle and King County. Many patients and their families are struggling to meet their most basic needs as they try to recover from this tragedy and stabilize their lives. Several patients will require long-term medical care. The international students, other visitors from overseas and their families who speak little or no English have unique needs for housing, transportation and meals.
“Our hearts go out to those injured, many of whom came from countries around the world to visit or study in Seattle,” said Mayor Murray. “For many of these families, the long-term medical expenses will be considerable, not to mention the immediate needs associated with hospital stays and travel expenses. As a compassionate city, this community is already coming together to provide much-needed support.”
“United Way of King County is all about bringing people together to give, volunteer and take action to help people in need,” said Jon Fine CEO of United Way of King County. “This tragic accident provides us all an opportunity to help stabilize families’ lives and help to build the kind of community we want all want to live in. I hope people will consider giving their time and funds to make that happen.”
Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines have provided flights to reunite families after the crash. T-Mobile has provided international phone services to keep families connected. RealNetworks Foundation has made a sizeable financial donation to kick start relief efforts.
The Seattle Hotel Association has coordinated the donations of rooms at numerous hotels, including: Travelodge Seattle Center, Clise Properties, Hilton Seattle, Silver Cloud Lake Union, Marqueen/Inn at Queen Anne, Hotel Nexus, Waterfront Marriott, Inn at Virginia Mason, Motif Seattle, Homewood Suites, Alexis Hotel, Silver Cloud Broadway, Pan Pacific Hotel, Pineapple Hotels – Hotel Five, Best Western Executel – Airport, and Mayflower Park Hotel.
Several restaurants, including Munchery, Poquitos, Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Rhein Haus and Canlis have donated food to families and first responders.
City of Seattle employees will be giving to the United Way relief fund through the established Seattle Shares charitable giving campaign.
Because of the outpouring of support and requests to make financial contributions, the Foundation for the Seattle Colleges has set up a fund to aid North Seattle College students and staff in need. To make a financial contribution to this fund, please visit the North Seattle College or Seattle Colleges websites. All proceeds will go directly toward helping the students and staff involved in the accident.
“We are extremely grateful for the words of condolence and offers to help our students and staff,” said Seattle Colleges Chancellor Jill Wakefield. “The outpouring of support for our college community has been astounding, and we are blessed that we have the opportunity to share the burden of grief.”
To honor the five North Seattle College students who lost their lives and to support the students and staff still recovering from their injuries, North Seattle College and Student Leadership have invited the community to a vigil tonight at 6 p.m. The vigil will be held in the North Seattle College courtyard and is open to all.
On Thursday, Mayor Murray and many in Seattle will observe a moment of silence at 11:15 a.m. to reflect on those injured and killed in last week’s tragedy.
Donations can be made at: www.uwkc.org/aurora.