Benitez Family Relief

$44,479 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 386 people in 1 month
Created January 12, 2018

The Benitez family was hit extremely hard by the Montecito flood and mudslides. They were not able to make it out of their house on time and it cost the lives of three family members: 10-year-old Jonathan Benitez, three-year-old Kailly Benitez, and Kailly’s mom. Apart from the family members that they have lost their lives, there are two more in the intensive care unit at Cottage Hospital: One 2-year-old little boy, recovering from bone fractures and the father of one of the children who passed away. Rescue workers are still searching for Faviola Benitez, Jonathan’s mom who has not yet been found.

I ask you please, on behalf of the family, to be generous. Any amount would make a difference in order for them to be able to lay the family members who have passed away in peace. Also, we can help them financially with the recovery of their additional family members. If you can give donations of clothes for the two-year-old little boy we will also accept them, since they have lost all of their belongings.

You can contact me, Lorena Penaloza, if you have questions. I would be glad to pick up any other donations you may have. Our family has been friends of the Benitez family for over 10 years, and I have their sister’s approval (Elena Benitez) for setting up this GoFundMe page. My family runs the local business here in Santa Barbara: Joyeria Latina Americana. I am in contact with Elena frequently. Thank you everyone in advance for all of your support.

La familia Benitez ha sufrido un golpe muy severo con la inundación y deslaves en Montecito. No pudieron salir de su casa a tiempo y perdieron tres miembros de la familia: Jonathan Benitez, con 10 años, Kailly Benitez, con 3 años y la mamá de Kailly. Aparte de los que perdieron sus vidas, hay dos más en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos del Hospital Cottage un niño con 2 años, recuperando de huesos fracturados y el padre de un niño que se murió. Los trabajadores de rescate están buscando para Faviola Benitez, la mamá de Jonathan, pero aún no la encuentran.

Les pido, en el nombre de la familia, que sean generosos. Cualquier cantidad haría una diferencia para que pudieran dejar que sus seres queridos fallecidos descansaran en paz. Además, podemos ayudarles con el costo de recuperar los miembros adicionales de la familia. Si pueden hacer donaciones de ropa para el niño de dos años, las podemos aceptar, porque han perdido todos sus pertenecencias.

Puede comunicarse conmigo, Lorena Penaloza, en si tiene preguntas. Puedo recoger otras donaciones que tienen. Nuestra familia ha sido amigos de la familia Benitez por más que 10 años y tengo la autorización de la hermana, Elena Benitez para arreglar esta página GoFundMe. Mi familia maneja el negocio local aquí en Santa Barbara, la Joyeria Latina Americana. Estoy en contacto con Elena frecuentemente. Gracias a todos en adelante por todo su apoyo.
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As many of you know Faviola’s body was found . It’s been a incredibly hard thing to process , and I want to thank everyone on behalf of the family for the out pouring love and support they are receiving ... I was contacted my Pascucci’s owner and they will be doing a fundraiser .
Thank you again everyone for all the support.
Info on the fundraiser...

Pascucci Restaurant is donating 100 gift certificates, for $10 each to raise money for the family… The staff at Pascucci is so sad to hear of the losses of the Benitez family, our hearts go out to you and our prayers are with you… They can be purchased at
729 State Street 100% of proceeds will be donated to the family
cash or checks only (payable to the Benitez family)
We encourage other businesses to help out, donate a meal for the family, or clothing, gift certificates, as they have list everything...

Pascucci restaurante está donando 100 certificados de regalo, por $10 cada uno para recaudar dinero para la familia... El personal de Pascucci estan triste de escuchar de las pérdidas de la familia Benitez, nuestros corazones salen a usted y nuestras oraciones están con usted... Se pueden comprar en
729 State Street 100% de los ingresos para la familia !
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I saw the sisters of Faviola today and gave them all the donations I’ve gathered as of now .
On behalf of both the sisters they just want to say thank you and let everyone know they are truly very greatful.
We got an update on baby Ian , he is recovering and well.
Ian’s father is greatly impacted with the los of his son and finding out his wife Faviola is still missing .. but he is also recovering ..
Donations for the baby are still accepted.
Thank you everyone for your continued support .. they ask for privacy in this time ... I will be getting in contact with people who are helping them with funeral arrangements and we will post any more updates ..
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