Many of you have probably heard about the James Kim story, especially if you are in Oregon.
The Kim family took a wrong turn while driving in bad weather and ended up stranded in the snow. They attempted to keep warm by burning tires and had to live off of jelly, baby food, and bottled water. When the food ran out, Kati Kim breastfed her daughters to keep them alive. After a week, James Kim set off on foot to look for help while his wife and two young daughters stayed behind in the car.
Kati and the little girls were rescued on Monday, and in a cruel twist of fate, James’s body was found on Wednesday.
This whole story makes me incredibly, incredibly sad. I can’t imagine how scared the whole family must have been, and what James must have been thinking during his ten-mile trek through the snow, or what his four-year-old daughter, Penelope, was talking about while he was gone. The whole thing is so tragic and heartbreaking.
It’s the sort of thing you hear about in movies – the father sets out in bad weather to save his wife and kids, and dies so that they might live. It’s the sort of thing you think, “What would I do in that situation?” The sort of thing you never expect to happen to you.
If this story has touched you, and you would like to help out the family, please visit jamesandkati.com. I’ll be thinking about them this holiday season.