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Please Help Me Help The Kim Family - Updated

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



  • It occurs to me that some people might not think that this is legit because I'm not associated with the Kim family. I understand that. Having been in a similar situation before, I don't think the family would be asking for handouts. It's a matter of pride.

    So, I will provide the Kim family with a complete list of donors along with the check. If anyone has any better ideas, please let me know.

    December 5, 2006 12:41 AM
  • Cullen D said:

    James Kim has been found dead, a true loss... You will be missed

    December 6, 2006 3:13 PM
  • Taken from just a few moments ago -- MERLIN, Oregon (CNN) -- The body of a San Francisco man

    December 6, 2006 3:23 PM
  • Words simply cannot express how horribly sad today's news was . The thoughts and prayers of all of us

    December 6, 2006 4:41 PM
  • grieving too said:


    The Kim  Family now has a paypal donation button on their website, and can be found at

    December 6, 2006 6:18 PM
  • H said:  What makes you say rescue is paid by victims?


    December 7, 2006 11:50 AM
  • H: Because they hired 3 private helicopters to aide in the search.

    grieving too: Thanks! I already updated my link to point to the official website.

    December 9, 2006 11:55 AM
  • Just wanted to let anyone that donated know that I Paypal'd the money to the family. Thanks for your generosity.

    December 12, 2006 10:40 PM