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Local woman raises money for CK Medic One

Shelly Young loves spending time with her two teenage children and donating her time to a good cause.

She recently accomplished both in the same day.

Young, of Simple Organizing Solutions, hosted a car wash Aug. 4 at All Star Lanes in Silverdale. Young and the group of volunteers raised more than $260 for the Central Kitsap Medic One Foundation.

With the help of her children and their friends, Young and the teens washed cars and asked for cash or check donations.

“There’s so many wonderful charities to donate time and energy to, but I really wanted to find a charity that was local and one that the community could agree was really worthwhile to stand behind and support,” Young said.

Young, a single mother of 11 years, loves spending time with her 18-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter. Her son joined the Army and will be leaving home soon, so Young decided to host the charitable car wash to spend time with him and her daughter.

“The funnest time in my life is working with my kids,” she said. “I wanted one last time to work with my kids and their friends.”

Young also enlisted the help of several businesses. Silverdale Red Apple Market, Costco, Albertsons, Safeway and Schucks Auto Supply offered their goods and services to make the car wash successful and enjoyable for the volunteers.

“It was a lot of fun, it really was,” Young said.

Young is pleased with the amount of money the group of volunteers raised for CK Medic One, but she had hoped to raise a little bit more for the foundation.

“It wasn’t as much as I wanted, but we just didn’t get the advertising we hoped for,” she said.

CK Medic One was founded in 1996 and provides supplemental support for the EMS activities performed by Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue (CKFR) for Central Kitsap residents. Property taxes provide primary funding for EMS activities, but the money doesn’t stretch far enough. CK Medic One supplies the items that can’t be acquired through the CKFR budget.

“The tax money that CKFR collects doesn’t always purchase all of the little extras,” said Dr. Helen Butler, CK Medic One chairwoman. “We try to purchase some of those little extras for them.”

CK Medic One is a registered non-profit, tax-exempt organization and receives funds through donations from individuals and businesses. Donations may be tax-deductible. Past donations have been used to purchase items such as advanced model stethoscopes, medical reference libraries at each of the paramedic-staffed fire stations, bicycles for the CKFR bike team, a marine depth finder, marine VHF radio and antenna and three survival suits for the CKFR rescue boat.

“I can’t imagine a single person in this community who doesn’t appreciate the fact that we can call upon 911 anytime we have an unexpected emergency,” Young said. “I was grateful to learn that the CK Medic One Foundation supports the increasing costs of medically related 911 calls to the residents of Central Kitsap.”

For more information about the CK Medic One Foundation, call CKFR at (360) 447-3550.

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