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Coeur d'Alene fundraiser for children injured in explosion
Coeur d'Alene fundraiser for children injured in explosion

If you're headed to the Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Coeur d'Alene, keep your eyes peeled for a cool fundraiser. Families and staff of the Sorenson Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities are pulling together to raise money to help the families of two children burned last week in a backyard accident.

“We are a family. We stick together,” said parent and staff person Lisa Thompson. “This is a horrible situation and we wanted to do what we can to help the family, our family.”

Both today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday), the group will be outside of the new Java at 9th and Sherman selling Otter Pops before and during the parades. One-hundred percent of the money raised will go directly to the fund that has been set up to help pay for travel and lodging expenses for the families.

Last weekend 4-year-old Brooklynne White and 8-year-old Joshua Emerson were airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center after a man poured gasoline onto a backyard fire pit. The gas caught fire and exploded, severely burning 35 percent of Brooklynne's body and 20 percent of Joshua's.

Both children are expected to remain at Harborview for weeks while they receive skin grafts and other medical treatment.

If you won't be attending the Coeur d'Alene festivities, you can still donate online to their GoFundMe account here.

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