Fundraiser for two things to remember ‘Smiling’ Sam

In August we had the story of the untimely death of a former Kitsap County boy, Sam Skaggs. His family had moved to Colorado and while making a nighttime drive with his father his car hit a cow that had wandered onto the road. The 10-year-old boy, whose “smile was his best asset” if you asked one of his former teachers, died the next morning.

His dad suffered severe breaks in both arms and was just recently able to start working again.

The family was able to raise funds for a burial, but not a headstone. So they’ve done as many do these days. They’ve set up a page on, a place for people to donate funds for causes like this one. They also want to plant a tree near the spot of the accident, a place they drive by every day as they take their children to school. His mother wrote:

“Sam loved nature, he loved bugs and loved the outdoors. This tree would represent him in so many ways of his love for nature and help us as a family of knowing that his love for nature continues as this tree will continue to grow.”

The goal is to raise $2,500. So far they have reached almost halfway, helped in large part by a single anonymous $1,000 donation.

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