To be honest with you, I don't know the Kims personally. I've read some of James' stuff on CNET, but I've never met him, and he doesn't know me from Adam. But when my sister was in her accident last year, I could not believe the outpouring of support we had from friends and family... and now I want to return the favor.
I can't imagine how much it costs to rent out helicopters for 3 days. I can't imagine how much it cost to get everyone out there to search for them. But I can imagine that it was a lot. And they're not thinking about it now, because they just want everyone home safe. But they'll be thinking about it later.
So I'm starting a donation drive to help the family defray the costs of the rescue operation. I'll keep it going as long as there are still donations. When it's all over (hopefully before Christmas), I'll send them a certified check.
I know it's the holidays, and money is tight. But please, be as generous as you can. And hopefully James will be found, and this Christmas will be a very happy one for the Kim family.
UPDATE: The sad news came in today that James was found dead. We're all very sorry for their loss. The family has set up a fund of their own, so mine is no longer necessary. This also alleviates the concerns that I was not trustworthy because I didn't know them personally. I'll be transferring the donations over to the official fund via PayPal. My sincerest thanks to the three people that donated.
Click the image below to make a donation to
The James Kim Memorial Fund