More fundraisers pop up for injured athlete
MARION — On Jan.15, Hannah Strom, a Marion resident, former Tabor Academy day student and Holy Cross student, was involved in a serious accident while training with her rowing team in Florida. The team’s van collided with a pickup truck, killing Strom’s teammate Grace Rett and injuring the other coaches and passengers.
Since then, the South Coast community has come up with numerous fundraisers and other ways to support Strom and her family as she begins the recovery process. Efforts have popped up across the Tri-Town and in Wareham, where Strom’s parents, Gail and Tom Strom, own Kool Kone restaurant.
Here are some of the ongoing or upcoming fundraisers in support of the family:
A GoFundMe page has been set up at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hannah-strom?fbclid=IwAR0_iPgBI3MItWLM1FdY3FiHo8eRIf1TN-WocIlShJD2V2968LDTtJndbd4 for the family’s expenses.
A t-shirt company called “MyGameOriginals” is donating 25% of its profits on shirts to the Strom family. Shirts will also be printed with #HannahStrong on the arm.
Jonathan’s Sprouts in Rochester will donate 30% of its sales to the Strom family if customers use the promo code “Hannah” at checkout.
Uncle Jon’s Cafe is donating the proceeds from its cookies to the family and collecting donations.
Kool Kone in Wareham has converted its tip jars to donation jars for Hannah and her family.
Frank’s Butcher Shop and Deli in Wareham is holding a raffle for the Strom family through Feb. 13. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the shop. Raffle participants enter to win six chicken wings, two boneless chicken breasts, one chicken breast stuffed with a filling of the winner’s choice, two bone-in pork chops, hamburger, and two strip or ribeye steaks. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Strom family.
IceeNow, a local business which sells portable ice wraps for athletes, will be donating 40% of their sales to the Strom family if customers use the promo code “Hannah.” This fundraiser will continue until Hannah returns home.
Anno Photography has two mini portrait sessions left for $200. Sessions will take place in early 2020, at a time to be determined. All proceeds will go to the Strom family. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a session. Sessions must be paid in full before they are considered booked.
The Elizabeth Taber Library is collecting items for a care basket for the family as they travel back and forth to Massachusetts General Hospital, where Hannah is currently being treated. Donation ideas include: adult coloring books, pads of paper, colored pencils, hand sanitizer, snacks, pens, pencil sharpeners, lip balm, hand lotion, magazines, stationary cards, comfortable socks, crossword puzzles and other items that will serve as a comfort.
The library is not accepting gift cards. But cards can be dropped off to Ixia Bongiorno at 21 Inland Road in Marion, or Barbara Moody at 17 Joanne Drive in Marion. The two can also be reached by phone to pick up donations (508-717-1329 for Bongiorno or 508-728-3896 for Moody).
The Brew Fish restaurant in Marion will be holding a “Hearts for Hannah” fundraiser through Feb. 10 at their takeout counter. Participants can fill out a heart with a special message, or leave a donation for the Strom family. The hearts and donations will be delivered to the family before Valentine’s Day.
The Friends of Jack Foundation, a Mattapoisett medical charity, is also helping supporters make donations to the Strom family.
Through the end of the month The Pound martial arts studio in Wareham will donate all of the profits from the signup for one of their classes back to the Strom family. The link to sign up with the donation option can be found on the gym’s Facebook page.