On Sunday, Boston’s Pizza and Deli plans to donate 50 percent of its sales to the families of Amina and slain Trooper Tony Radulescu.
On March 16, proceeds from a spaghetti feed, silent auction and concert will go to benefit Amina’s family. Event starts at 6 p.m. at Manette Saloon, 2113 East 11th Street, Bremerton.
The family has set up a fund at Bank of America for anyone who wishes to donate.
And a week later, Kitsap residents dressed in purple — Amina Kocer-Bowman’s favorite color — wore sympathetic Hello Kitty bandages, made pins and showed up at Juanito’s Taco Shop, which pledged all of Wednesday’s profits to the family.
“I just want to let (Amina) know she has support and everybody’s thinking about her,” said Ia Cleveland, who wore a purple shirt as she picked up her equally purple-clad daughter from Armin Jahr Wednesday.
In Bremerton, coffee shops, gas stations and other businesses took sales off signboards and reworded them to express thoughts and prayers for Amina’s recovery.
And more fundraisers are planned this weekend and next.
Amina has been at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle since a .45-caliber gun went off in a backpack in class, wounding her in the arm and abdomen.
Though listed as critical for several days, she has stabilized and was upgraded to serious condition after her fifth surgery Tuesday. She’s still in an intensive care unit and still needs respiratory support, Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Wednesday.
“She’s responsive, but still pretty sick and recovering,” Gregg said.
On Thursday, Jeri Tucker of Bremerton plans to deliver to the hospital a bright pink quilt made by her and six others who meet every week at Lincoln Avenue Bible Church.
She doesn’t know the girl or her family, but the lifelong resident of what she still sees as a small town said, “Our hearts just went out to little Amina and her family.”
“We can give it to her mother and tell her how much Bremerton loves her,” Tucker said.
Students throughout Kitsap have made get-well cards and posted photographed well-wishes on a Facebook page. Kids at Armin Jahr plan to donate the quarter they usually spend on popcorn Friday, and some also have begun to fold 1,000 paper cranes, which Japanese legend says will earn them a wish.
And many are wishing for Amina’s recovery.
Amy Bodlorick and her daughter Kamryn, 8, wore newly made pins with a picture of a paper crane that said “Amina” on Wednesday at Armin Jahr. They plan to sell them at the school for $1 and donate the money to Amina’s family.
After school let out, some headed to Juanito’s Taco Shop on Kitsap Way.
Owner John Careaga, who has a 9-year-old daughter, said he knew that he wanted to do something. He imagined having to leave work to be with his daughter in a hospital and decided to donate a day’s profits to the family.
“We’re here working for that gentleman who cannot work,” he said of Amina’s father.
So many people came in the first hour, they had to shut the doors. They went through 200 pounds of meat. The shop reopened at about 1:45 p.m. to a steady stream of customers.
Kitsap Lake Elementary teacher Suzanne Wisenburg and her husband Scott, who teaches at View Ridge, were there, taking advantage of furlough time. Both had previously taught at Armin Jahr.
“I wasn’t going to miss out on this,” she said.
Also there was Joey Cozy, who knows Amina’s family. He couldn’t make it to Seattle, but wanted to put money in the bottle and show his support.
“I’m glad people are coming out and doing this,” he said.
By 3 p.m., cars were still pulling up.
“The response is unbelievable,” said manager Damon Clarke. “It’s incredible. It’s beautiful.”