Community cleans up for recovering teen

KINGSTON — The North End community is hoping to cleanup in an effort to help Kingston teenager Aaron Jacot get further down his long road to recovery.

To get the recent North Kitsap High School graduate moving in the right direction supporters of Jacot will host a massive car from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21 at Kingston Albertsons.

Jacot was severely injured in a motorcycle accident April 21 and is paralyzed from his chest down but has the use of his hands. He is undergoing extensive rehabilitation as a result.

That’s where the car wash fund raiser comes in. The event will take place exactly three months after the accident occurred.

When 13-year-old Grann Steele heard about Jacot’s accident, he decided he wanted to do everything in his power to help him and his family.

“I read about his accident in the newspaper and thought it would be good to have something to help him out,” Steele said. “I thought, let’s have a car wash where we can help raise money for him.”

His mother, Cheryl Steele, said she encouraged her son to hold a benefit car wash, especially after seeing the community rally together for great causes in the past.

“When the fire department’s dog was sick, the community came together and raised $1,271 during a car wash for Blaze the fire dog’s medical bills,” Cheryl Steele said. “There was so much love and unity in the community. We’re hoping for the same kind of support for Aaron.”

And then some, Grann Steele pointed out.

“We have a goal of raising $2,000, but I hope we raise a whole lot more,” he said. “All of the money will go directly to him and his family. Even if people don’t need their car washed, they can still donate.”

Cheryl Steele said her son has a special connection with Jacot.

“Being Scouts, they have a brotherhood between them,” she said. “Scouts stick together.”

Grann Steele is a member of Boy Scouts Troop 1577, while Jacot became an Eagle Scout shortly before the accident occurred.

“Something like this could have happened to anybody,” Grann Steele said. “It feels good to help out as much as I can.”

On this note, Cheryl Steele said she hopes Jacot makes a quick and full recovery.

“Aaron’s a great kid and there’s a lot of prayers and hope for this young man. Something like this is something no one could ever prepare for,” she said. “One second changed his whole life. My heart goes out to him and his family. We’re hoping for a miracle and that he will walk again.”

Donations to help with Jacot’s rehabilitation may be sent to the Aaron Jacot Fund, Bank of America, 10943 NE State Highway 104, Kingston, WA 98346.

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