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WALLET Continued from page A-1 A dinner and auction to raise money to help pay Al- lison's medical expenses will be March 8 at the 40 et 8 Club in downtown Shelton. The dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the auc- tion. To donate an item for the auction, call Melody Gill at 427-7125 or Mike Gill at 463-2690. Allison said she was ini- tially unaware of how her story was spreading. "When it first happened, I was still sort of out of it, because of the heart trans- plant," Allison said. As for the media attention, "I didn't know it would get that big," she said. Allison said she started making duct tape wallets about a year ago, a skill she honed after watching a dem- onstration on YouTube. It takes her about 30 minutes to craft a wallet, if she has no distractions, an hour if she's also watching shows on Netflix. The Wilson wallet took a week to complete. Since the national atten- tion, Allison has made about 50 wallets, including one Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Allison Christensen, 11, of Shelton experienced national exposure after Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gushed at a press conference about the Seahawk duct tape wallet she made and gave to him at Seattle Children's Hospital, where she received a heart transplant. A benefit dinner and auction to help pay her medical expenses will be March 8 at 40 et 8 in downtown Shelton. that ESPN announcer Chris Berman brandished on the air. Recipients have donated money for Allison's medical bills. Allison watched the Seahawks' Super Bowl victo- ry at her grandmothers Shel- ton house, wearing Wilson's No. 3 jersey. "We pretty much all had Russell Wilson jerseys," said If you go: WHAT: Dinner and auction to help pay Allison Christensen's medical bills WHEN: Dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 8, auction to follow WHERE: 40 et 8 Club, Shelton INFORMATION AND DONATION ITEMS: Contact Melody Gill at 427-7125 or Mike Gill at 463- 2690 Allison's father, Mark Chris- tensen. Mark said he is thankful for all the people who have prayed for Allison. "I didn't understand how deep the kindness was ... People were there for us," he said. As for Wilson, "I credit him with saving her life," Mark said. Allison said her new heart has made her thankful for life. She recently battled a cold, but "I will feel fine. I feel a lot better than I did be- fore." You're ! FREE Viewing Friday, Feb. 21 7PM r at Gateway Christian Fellowship 405 S. 7th Street Shelton Movie is great for the  Mason County Journal - Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - Page A-11