REXBURG - Community support for a woman recovering from a serious head injury is helping give hope to her family.
Jeanette Thompson Johnson, 30, of Rexburg, was seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision on South Yellowstone Highway in Rexburg on Jan. 10.
After spending about five weeks at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Johnson has recently been transferred to a rehabilitation center in Idaho Falls.
Her mother, Faye Thompson, of Teton, said Johnson is still recovering from severe brain trauma, but there are small signs of improvement.
"We really have been blessed by all the thoughts and prayers for us," she said. "We really do appreciate the support of the community."
And Thompson said the community and Johnson's employers and co-workers have shown their concern through their actions.
Johnson, a single mother of a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, worked as a server at the Applebee's in Rexburg.
On Feb. 12 Applebee's held a breakfast fundraiser to help with medical bills and other expenses.
The breakfast served more than 600 guests.
Because Applebee's donated all the food and supplies and the employes donated their labor and even their tips, the breakfast raised over $5,800.
"She loved her job and the people she worked with," Thompson said.
Also, in connection with the breakfast, businesses and individuals donated services and goods for a raffle that raised about $4,500.
"Applebee's would like to thank all those who attended the event and who donated to the event for their support for Jeanette," said Corey Barnard, a manager at the restaurant. "It was awesome, unbelievable and so heartwarming that the support for Jeanette was so huge."
Thompson said the family is extremely grateful for the generosity of the community and the excellent care she has received since the accident.
The family has created a Facebook page called "Praying for Jeanette" to allow people to get updates on her condition and share their thoughts as Johnson recovers.
Thompson said the family is realistic but very hopeful, saying: "My husband, Jim, said: ‘When you sign up to be parents, it's for the long haul.'"
You can still help
You can help Jeanette Johnson by donating to an account in the name of Faye Thompson (ZIP code 83451) at any Wells Fargo Bank.