Couple donates vacation fund to landslide victims

by: Lee Stoll Updated:

COUPEVILLE, Wash. —

A Coupeville couple says a story on KIRO 7 has inspired them to give their savings to total strangers.

Richard and Dian Andrews were watching the news Thursday night when they saw a Coupeville resident describe the damage done to his house by a massive landslide last month.

His landlord has told Tom O'Neill and his wife to leave at the end of their lease this month.

"We just both were sitting there and we looked at each other and we both knew, this was the right thing to do," said Richard Andrews.

O'Neill said he'd been hoping money from a recent benefit for the slide victims would help him cover moving costs.

"I need about $1,500. That's all I need. I've got a place lined up. I've done all the footwork," said O'Neill on Thursday.

KIRO 7 learned the community has raised more than $13,000 but the money is in an account controlled by the Ledgewood Beach Homeowner's Association.

Residents must fill out an application and return it by May 6. A committee will then decide who gets what.

"I just think if we were in that predicament, we would hope to have help, too," said Dian Andrews, explaining why they called KIRO.

KIRO's North Sound crew brought the two couples together Friday morning.

Dian Andrews simply handed over fifteen $100 bills, no questions asked.

She was saving the money for a vacation trip with her husband to Alaska.

The O'Neills broke down in tears.

"It's the right thing to do," said Dian Andrews.

Tom O'Neill says the money will pay for movers, boxes and a rental truck.

"They've got friends for life. They might as well set another place at the table. This fat boy's coming for dinner, and vice versa," said O'Neill.