$56K Raised for Kids of Couple Killed During Sandy
Oldest child of Rich and Beth Everett set up donation page seeking $5K.
In just 24 hours, friends, family and strangers alike donated more than $56,000 to the children of Rich and Beth Everett via the Internet, only 10 days after the couple was killed by a fallen tree during Hurricane Sandy.
On Thursday night, a thank you note was posted and donations were closed, with Zoe stating, "On behalf of my siblings and myself, I would like to express our sincerest thanks for the overwhelming support and generosity shown to us."
The message continued by saying, "The donations have ensured our well-being for the next few months and will hold us over until we are able to access our own funds."
Rich and Beth Everett owned the Blue Crest Riding Center in Long Valley. They were on North Gate Road in Mendham Township with their 14- and 11-year-old sons in a pick-up truck when 100-foot tree fell on the cab of the vehicle, killing the parents. The two children were able to free themselves from the wreckage.
“Before Hurricane Sandy I was a typical 19-year-old student at Rutgers,” Zoe Everett said on the donation page. “A Hurricane Sandy gust blew a 100-foot tree on the cab of the truck killing both of my parents… A moment in time, a second of bad luck, changed my life and my sibling’s lives forever.”
The Everetts had four children; Zoe, Talia, Theodore and Pierce, ages 19, 17, 14 and 11.
Comments flooded the donation page since it was launched, with well-wishers leaving their sentiments.
"Zoe, I am so sorry to hear about your devastating loss. I couldnt begin to imagine the pain that you and your siblings are going thru. I hope my donation helps, although I know that no amount of money can ease the pain. You and your siblings are in my prayers," said user emmavernoia.
User maxhockley said, "I'm so sorry to hear what happened, but I'm impressed by your courage. From reading what you wrote, I'm sure your siblings will be in good hands."
The donation page's original goal was to reach $5,000. By the time it was closed, $56,624.81 had been raised.
According to the Blue Crest Riding Center Facebook page, those who still wish to donate can leave a gift at the TD Bank at 535 State Route 10 in Randolph, 07869. Checks should be made to the Everett Family Fund.