Norberg family ‘overwhelmed’ by support
June 12, 2015 - storage organizer
KINGSTON — From all accounts, Jim Norberg is a male of faith. And it’s faith that’s gripping him from being distressing or full of self-pity, even as he enters his fourth month of liberation from a head-on collision in that his youngest daughter was harmed and a other driver, deemed to be obliged for a crash, died.
He’s not resentful, even as he labors in reconstruction in Seattle to redeem from conduct injuries, dual cracked ankles, a cracked femur, a torn liver and several other damaged bones. Even as his physique fights off an infection so he can bear another surgery. Even as his bank comment is drained, a residence he rented vacated, his conceivable security in storage.
People who know Norberg, a 52-year-old father of dual and grandfather of one, contend he knows there’s something bigger than him going on; this hearing of Job he’s undergoing has a purpose.
“The whole family, they unequivocally have a clever faith in God,” pronounced Brian Whelan, a family friend. “He’s observation things by that prism. He has a incomparable viewpoint and is perplexing to see, ‘What am we carrying to learn from this, what is God doing in my life?’ Having that viewpoint from a faith standpoint, he’s means to say, ‘There’s something incomparable than me going on. What a incomparable picture?’”
Perhaps this is a incomparable picture: Norberg’s hospitalization and liberation has brought hundreds of people together, reinforced their clarity of community, bolstered their faith that yet we might travel by a dim hollow we are not alone.
“The folks that have unequivocally banded together … there are some unequivocally extraordinary efforts going on,” Whelan said.
Kristi Lindsay, another Norberg friend, said, “It’s what Kingston does. It’s a village that comes together.”
Since a pile-up on Mar 11, a village has hosted fundraisers to assistance defray Norberg’s medical costs (he was a self-employed handyman and underinsured). They changed his furnishings and effects out of a home he rented, spotless a place, and put his things in storage.
Lindsay, an organizer of a village advantage for Norberg on Jun 13 — some-more on that in a notation — pronounced someone asked her what she could do to help. The particular handed Lindsay a check for $800 to compensate Norberg’s final month’s rent.
“This has been an ongoing bid by a organisation of 15 core people and countless businesses in a area,” Whelan said. “It’s a ideal instance of a village entrance together to support someone who is struggling and it has been heart-warming to see people convene to this cause. There have been a series of fundraising events given Jim and [his daughter] Kayli’s collision and there will be a few some-more via a summer and people have volunteered to assistance Jim with accommodations and accommodate several other needs.”
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jun 13, volunteers will benefaction “Family Picnic in a Park and Family Fun Dog Walk — The Jim Norbert Community Fundraiser” during The Country Pet Shoppe and Village Green Park in Kingston.
The 5K and 1K Dog Walks start during Country Pet Shoppe during 10 a.m. and finish during Village Green. (Register during 360-267-4165 or on a Jim Norberg Community Facebook page.)
At Village Green, representation a cruise sweeping or grass chair and listen to live music. The Tracie Marsh Band and a Boot Scootin’ Grannies will perform. Design your possess cupcake, get your face embellished by artist Sallie Nau, suffer a healing massage pleasantness of Kingston Crossing Wellness Clinic, and play a diversion of possibility to win one of several present baskets value $80 to $600; present baskets embody “A Taste of Tuscany,” “Seahawks Surprise,” “FANTASTIC Dinner and Movie Night,” and “Pie of a Month.”
Perhaps a biggest present of all: Norberg will be there. He’ll get a mangle from his antibiotic IV, a crony will expostulate him over on a 10:30 ferry, he’ll stay for integrate of hours and afterwards head back.
‘We’re so thankful’
Margaret Norberg, Jim’s mother, pronounced a village response to her son’s predicament has been “overwhelming.”
“I’ve always famous North Kitsap and Kingston to be a good community. Why did we leave 8 years ago and come back?” she said. “We would have been floundering but this community. They only took over so we were means to combine on what was going on during a hospital. We’re so thankful.”
This is a second time a automobile pile-up has vigourously jarred this family. Jim’s brother, D.J., was killed in a head-on collision in 1993 nearby Port Gamble. She pronounced she prays for a mom of a immature male who was killed in a pile-up that harmed Jim and Kayli.
“I know what she’s going through,” Margaret said. “I urge for her and her family. we know her damaged heart.”
She’s beholden that she’s here to assistance caring for her son; she returned to a area a year ago. And she’s beholden for a swell she’s saying in her son and granddaughter.
“Kayli is doing excellent,” Margaret said. “She’s doing earthy therapy in Poulsbo. Her femur has only about healed. She’s an athlete, she’s strong, and that’s helped.” The therapist pronounced Kayli, an incoming sophomore during Kingston High School, will be means to play basketball this year for a Bucs, Margaret said.
Jim “he had a large day yesterday. For a initial time in 3 months, he was means to mount adult and put his full weight on his left feet and 50 percent on his right foot. That means they can now be some-more assertive and start some-more strident earthy therapy. He was so thrilled. He pronounced he could see a light during a finish of a tunnel. And currently that light was brighter.”
Schedule of events
10 a.m.: Family Fun 5K and 1K Dog Walks start during Country Pet Shoppe in Kingston and finish during Village Green Community Park.
11 a.m.: The Tracie Marsh Band plays a initial set while lunch begins. The menu: Hot dogs (pure beef Polish sausages) and “gourmet” hamburgers and cheeseburgers.
Noon: The Boot Scootin’ Grannies perform.
1 p.m.: The Tracie Marsh Band plays a second set.
2 p.m.: Festivities conclude.
ONLINE: Keep adult on Norberg’s liberation on a Jim Norberg Community Facebook page. You can assistance a means during www.gofundme.com/Norberg or a Jim Norberg Survivor Fund during any Kitsap Credit Union branch.