Kennewick coffee stands swamped with donations for teen

Tri-City HeraldJuly 24, 2013 

Coffee Almquist Fundraiser

Customers wait in line at the Kennewick Dutch Bros. coffee stand on North Columbia Center Boulevard on Wednesday to participate in a fundraiser for a Southridge student's medical expenses.

KAI-HUEI YAU — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

The owner of three Kennewick coffee stands raising money Wednesday for a severely injured Kennewick teen said he's overwhelmed at the community's response to help. Nate Frary said he wouldn't have a tally of how much money his three Dutch Bros. outlets raised for 17-year-old Cassidy Almquist until July 25. However, he said lines at all of the stands were long most of the day and his busiest one on Clearwater Avenue raised $3,500 in the morning alone.

"I can definitely say it's been pretty unbelievable, the response we've gotten," Frary said.

Cassidy fell 40 to 50 feet from a swing at an Eastern Oregon church camp on July 15. She broke several bones, including a leg, her pelvis and an elbow and has a crushed vertebra. She has lost feeling in her legs but her spinal cord wasn't severed, giving hope that she'll regain use of her legs as she recovers, her father said in a statement.

The Dutch Bros. stands on North Columbia Center Boulevard and Columbia Drive continued the fundraiser to help with the Southridge student's medical expenses until closing at 10 p.m. Wednesday. The stand on Clearwater Avenue, which operates 24 hours, continued until 5 a.m. July 25.

Donations can be made to the "DA Cassidy Almquist" fund at Sterling Bank, 138 Vista Way, Kennewick.

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