Family first makes Tukwila a strong place | Editor’s note

There’s a common theme running through much of this month’s Tukwila Reporter. It’s family. It starts with Tukwila’s First Family, Jim and Carol Haggerton and their children and grandchildren. Jim is entering his final year as mayor, leaving behind a city where families can prosper a big part of his legacy.

There’s a common theme running through much of this month’s Tukwila Reporter. It’s family.

It starts with Tukwila’s First Family, Jim and Carol Haggerton and their children and grandchildren. Jim is entering his final year as mayor, leaving behind a city where families can prosper a big part of his legacy.

In talking with Jim and Carol, I learned a lot about their family and its strengths. They don’t come from wealthy families and had to work hard for what they enjoyed as a family.

“I think Carol and our family have much to be thankful for and that too is caused by hard work and dedication and appreciation for the value of keeping strong family ties,” he said.

There’s much to learn about family from Tukwila’s diverse community, which Jim looks at with pride. Tukwila’s school community and the community at large was touched by the sudden death of  Ciin Nuam, a Burmese refugee who along with her six children had recently been reunited with her husband  and their father.

In a incredible display of generosity and caring, the community raised about $50,000 for the family, as of last week. Tukwila’s Burmese community has rallied around the family. Those are examples of  kindness that if emulated will continue to make Tukwila a caring place to live.

And please read this month’s Tukwila’s Story. It’s a popular feature, so I am guessing you already have.  The Nelsen family has deep roots in Tukwila. Their Christmases at their home on West Valley Highway were steeped in practicality and love. That’s something else to remember.

And families even happen at the workplace.  Mary Prentice, wife of injured Tukwila firefighter Greg Hansen, thanked the “firefighting family” for its support of her and her husband.

As a reminder: MOVE OVER when you see emergency lights.

[flipp]

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