Community continues to rally around Swank family - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Community continues to rally around Swank family

A Valley Christian student donates blood during Monday's blood drive held in honor of football player Drew Swank A Valley Christian student donates blood during Monday's blood drive held in honor of football player Drew Swank
  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • Friends, teammates remember Valley Christian player

    Friends, teammates remember Valley Christian player

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Monday was a tough day at Valley Christian as those who already knew of 17-year-old Drew Swank's death returned for the first time and others, unaware the football player had died, were told.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Monday was a tough day at Valley Christian High School as those who already knew of 17-year-old Drew Swank's death returned for the first time and others, unaware the football player had died, were told. Monday morning, the school held a special assembly for only students and faculty. Swank's football teammates also got together to sign his jersey and helmet, many leaving messages of "I'll miss you" and "you fought the good fight.">>

SPOKANE, Wash. - Monday, Valley Christian High School students, faculty and parents continued to rally around the Swank family by holding a blood drive in of honor Drew Swank, the football player killed after taking a hard hit in a Friday night game.

Drew Swank took a hard hit during a Friday night football game

Drew Swank, 17, took the hit during a Friday night football game in Washtucna. Swank was able to walk off the field to the sideline where he later collapsed. He was taken to Sacred Heart where he later died.

At the blood drive Monday, students said donating blood helps them through the grieving process after losing Drew.

"Last week was pretty hard... this week everybody's feeling up to doing things again," said Katie, a student at Valley Christian. "Doing this, it just helps in the grieving process, just to do something again."

The blood drive at Valley Christian is just one of many events being held in honor of the player and in a showing of support for his family. Over the weekend, Valley Christian students held three different car washes around the city to raise money for the Swank family. Students were able to raise $5,500.

Students say aside from all the activities they have planned, they also have donation jars at several area businesses and add that the Spokane community has shown a lot of support for the Swank family.

"People have been really generous and it's really cool to see that," said another Valley Christian student Meaghan.

The next event will be hosted by Washtucna High School. The school is going to host a benefit dinner for the Swank family on Tuesday, October 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Washtucna High School.

Drew was laid to rest Friday at Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Spokane.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Coeur d’ Alene woman dies after driving car into Fernan Lake

    Coeur d’ Alene woman dies after driving car into Fernan Lake

    Monday, April 23 2018 1:41 PM EDT2018-04-23 17:41:13 GMT

    On Sunday at about 3:22 p.m., the Kootenai County Sheriff’s 911 Center received multiple calls after a car crashed into Fernan Lake, just east of Coeur d' Alene. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue and Kootenai County EMS responded to the 4800 Block of E. Fernan Lake Road. Emergency Public Safety Divers from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Dive Rescue Team were paged to the scene and about 27 minutes after the first 911 call,...

    >>

    On Sunday at about 3:22 p.m., the Kootenai County Sheriff’s 911 Center received multiple calls after a car crashed into Fernan Lake, just east of Coeur d' Alene. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue and Kootenai County EMS responded to the 4800 Block of E. Fernan Lake Road. Emergency Public Safety Divers from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Dive Rescue Team were paged to the scene and about 27 minutes after the first 911 call,...

    >>
  • Spokane Japanese restaurant destroyed in early morning fire

    Spokane Japanese restaurant destroyed in early morning fire

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:21 PM EDT2018-04-23 00:21:59 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane firefighters say the iconic Shogun restaurant on E. 3rd Ave. appears to be a total loss after an early morning fire destroyed the building. First arriving companies found heavy fire coming through the roof of the Shogun Restaurant and immediately began to attack the fire. Despite attempts to enter the building, they were quickly forced out due to deteriorating conditions above them.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane firefighters say the iconic Shogun restaurant on E. 3rd Ave. appears to be a total loss after an early morning fire destroyed the building. First arriving companies found heavy fire coming through the roof of the Shogun Restaurant and immediately began to attack the fire. Despite attempts to enter the building, they were quickly forced out due to deteriorating conditions above them.

    >>
  • 9-year-old boy dies in ATV crash near Boulder

    9-year-old boy dies in ATV crash near Boulder

    Monday, April 23 2018 10:54 AM EDT2018-04-23 14:54:28 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 9-year-old boy died in an all-terrain vehicle crash on a rural road north of Boulder over the weekend.   The Montana Highway Patrol says the ATV went off Sloans Lane early Sunday afternoon and tipped onto its side. The boy was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.   His name has not been released.

    >>

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 9-year-old boy died in an all-terrain vehicle crash on a rural road north of Boulder over the weekend.   The Montana Highway Patrol says the ATV went off Sloans Lane early Sunday afternoon and tipped onto its side. The boy was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.   His name has not been released.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/