SEASIDE — The Human Bean in Seaside was one of several businesses along the North Coast to step up and support the family of Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding, the officer killed in the line of duty Friday.
The business donated 100 percent of Monday’s proceeds to the Goodding family, “to help with any expenses they may have in their time of need,” Adam Israel posted on Facebook. He and his wife, Kristi, own and run the business, and they were good friends with Goodding.
“We didn’t look at him like a cop,” Kristi Israel said, describing him as a good and well-loved person.
By the end of the day, The Human Bean had raised a whopping $9,624 to honor the fallen police officer.
Goodding and Adam Israel played together for several years in the local Pig Bowl charity game, and the friendship developed from there.
“It’s nice we can do this,” Kristi Israel said.
The Israels encouraged people to stop by during the day and share a story or “a Goodding-like smile for our fallen hero, coach, father, athlete role model and friend,” according to the Facebook page.
To commemorate Goodding’s dedication to the University of Oregon Ducks, The Human Bean staff wore green and yellow. Some of “the guys’ best memories” were attending Ducks games, Kristi Israel said.
As of late Monday afternoon, the shop had seen lots of traffic, including some staff from Providence Seaside Hospital, where Goodding’s wife is employed as a nurse. Some people did not get coffee but still made donations to the Goodding family. Some people “paid forward,” leaving donations to cover future orders from law enforcement personnel to “keep them hydrated” while they serve the community, Kristi Israel said. Kristi Israel said the outpouring of support from the local community is an example of what makes Seaside special.
“We moved back here for that reason,” she said. “Everybody looks out for each other.”
Donation jars were set up at The Human Bean in Warrenton, as well.
The spirit was contagious, as Divine Grounds on Junction Road in Seaside planned a similar fundraiser Wednesday, committing 100 percent of income from sales to the Goodding family. Additionally, Benson Trucking promised to match whatever amount Divine Grounds raised.
The Crabby Oyster donated 50 percent of total sales from Monday and Tuesday to the Gooddings, and owner David Posalski encouraged people to help support the family. At the Tsunami Sandwich Co., also owned by Posalski, 50 percent of sales Tuesday were slated for the Gooddings.
“We knew officer Goodding and we have lots of friends who are very close with him,” Posalski said.
He said he feels it is important, as a community, to show support for the fallen officer’s family.
The Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District hosted its annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, less than 24 hours after Goodding’s death. Executive Director Skyler Archibald said the staff struggled to determine whether to cancel the event. That’s one of the challenges of living in a small community — when something tragic happens, “it feels really close and personal,” Archibald said. They kept it as scheduled, particularly because the dance is a special time for young girls and their fathers, or father figures, to make memories together. The district instead designated 25 percent of proceeds for the Goodding family and took donations at the door. Attendees received tiny blue ribbons to pin to their outfits in remembrance of Goodding.
Area resident Toni Bennett also is organizing a meal train for the family, to provide them a meal once a day. Meals will be dropped off at her house in Gearhart, and then Bennett will deliver them to the Gooddings’ home. The preferred delivery time is 4 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.mealtrain.com/trains/89rkr2.
The city, meanwhile, announced that all public buildings will be closed Friday in honor of Goodding. Memorial services are planned for 1 p.m. at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center.