Ewart Family: Friday Update
Here’s the latest update on the Ewart Family. In the early morning on Tuesday, December 20th, fire destroyed their Valencia home. Six family members were in the house at the time, three were seriously injured and sent to the Grossman Burn Center. Since the fire, our Valley has jumped in to assist. This is the latest update courtesy of neighbors, Josy and Steve Block.
MICHAEL - Michael is enjoying his visitors. He is working hard at his physical therapy and he is hoping to be released on Saturday. So far everything is on "target" for him to be released! This is great news! He will use the time this weekend to get settled into his new surroundings and then will be ready for some scheduled visitors next week. He is still at high risk for infections, so this advice remains in effect: If you are not feeling 100%, please do not visit until you are better. Please schedule all visits through Mary Berg (contact information below)
DAVID - David is very happy to be off the respirator. He is now speaking in a whisper. He should be moved out of ICU, hopefully within the next 24 hours. He is feeling better - almost too good. He is already threatening to start "doing things" for pending school projects. That's David for ya - always thinking of others first. We will let you know when he is officially out of ICU and when he will be able to have visitors. Again, all visitations will be scheduled through Mary Berg (661) 259-2877 firstname.lastname@example.org
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* The kids at Hart High have done an amazing job at raising funds for Michael. This is just their first of many events. They took up a collection going from class to class, and (are you sitting down?)....they earned more than $8,000!!!!! This is outstanding news!! We are so proud of the students at Hart for their degree of compassion and caring for their fellow classmate. It is difficult to find the words to express our gratitude to these fine students & friends, but knowing they have really MADE A DIFFERENCE in a family's life is something they can be proud of. The Ewarts will never forget this! Thank you to Mr. Fuller, for putting out an "all call" Tuesday night to explain to everyone what Wednesday's collection was all about. And thanks to Jamie Stewart, ASB President for all her efforts in coordinating this event and communicating everything to us.
* Thank you to Deborah Mann for organizing the Prayer Meeting tonight. There were about 45 friends & neighbors, teachers & coaches, musicians and strangers gathered at the paseo near David's home coming together to offer prayers for each of the Ewart family members.
* Someone has asked if they could have a portion of their regular paycheck automatically deposited into the David Ewart Catastrophe Fund. We called the bank and learned that if you are a Wells Fargo customer, you can stop into any branch and request an "Automatic Transfer" and they will take care of the rest. If you are not a Wells Fargo customer, you should first check with your company's HR department to see if it's ok to transfer money into an account that doesn't have your name on it. If approved, you can contact the bank and they will provide the rest of the information you need to do so.
*Blood Drive - Thursday, January 19, 2006 from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the Small gym at Hart High School. Everyone is welcome to come. 17 year olds are allowed to donate with a signed parent permission slip that they can pick up in the ASB Office, and obviously anyone 18 and over is welcome to donate blood.
* New West Symphony - David was scheduled to be playing with the New West Symphony this week, January 8th through 14th. Many of the musicians were moved after they heard the explanation of what had happened. In addition to offering to help us with some upcoming events, they have inserted a flyer into the concert programs for January 13 & 14, in Oxnard and Thousand Oaks. It may also be inserted into the NWS Wadsworth programs January 12 (tonight). The flier begins with "A Member of the New West Symphony Family Needs Your Help..." and it continues to describe the fire and the resulting injuries. The flier continues with identifying ways people can help. In the lobby of the theater, they are going to have a violin case into which patrons may drop cash or a check. We thank the New West Symphony for their extreme generosity in reaching out to help the Ewarts.
* Vince Falzone is a local recording artist, a musician. He is known by many in the SCV community. He has a weekly radio interview on KHTS and his music show is aired on SCVTV every Friday and Saturday night. Since late last year, he had planned a CD Release Party at SCVARTS in late February. Now he has decided that he wants to donate half of all sales at the event to the Ewarts' Catastrophe Fund (including ticket sales, CD sales). He wants to also take additional donations for the fund and pass it on to the family. We will keep you posted on the details which will be forthcoming.
* Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company has donated several gift certificates for the Ewart family to use whenever they'd like - either for dining in or to take back home. Thank you to Laina McFerren for sending these over - the Ewarts will be thrilled!!
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