Benitez family mudslide fund

$135,392 of $95,000 goal

Raised by 1,018 people in 9 months
Created January 12, 2018
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Pamela Viale
on behalf of Santos Antonio Benitez
The mud came quickly and ferociously into the house. Victor Benitez, a hard-working gardener and his brother, Antonio (who works with Victor in his business) were thrust out of the house’s collapsing walls and into the mud outside. Faviola, Victor’s wife (and hard-working housekeeper), baby Ian and older son, Jonathan were in the house. Antonio’s wife, Marilyn and their  three-year-old daughter, Kaelly, were also in the house when the mud swept every one out of the collapsing house. Victor and Antonio somehow survived the onslaught but tragically, Marilyn, her daughter, Kaelly, and Jonathon did not survive the muddy river that raced relentlessly to the ocean a mile away. Faviola has sadly not been found but the miracle of this story is that baby Ian was found covered with mud, far from the house but alive! These brothers have lost everything: the house they were renting and all their belongings, their tools and truck for gardening, and most tragic of all, almost every family member. If you can help them with funeral costs and the expenses of restarting their lives, it would be such a help to them. They have nothing and have lost almost everything.

Victor, Faviola and Antonio have worked with Carolyn Grenier, Robin Lewis and myself for years and with their permission we have established this fund to help them slowly rebuild what they have lost.

Nosotros somos amigos de Víctor, Faviola y Antonio y hemos sido amigos de ellos durante muchos años. Con su permiso, hemos establecido este fondo para ayudarles a reconstruir todo lo que han perdido. Aquí tienen su historia.

El lodo llego con velocidad y furia. Víctor Benitez y su hermano Antonio, ambos expertos en jardinería, fueron empujados contra las paredes de la casa que se derrumbaron con la fuerza y se encontraron viajando en el río de lodo fuera de la casa. Faviola, esposa de Victor, su hijo Ian (de 2 años), su hijo Jonathan (10 años), Marilyn, esposa de Antonio, y su hija Kaelly (3 años) también estaban en la casa. Todos fueron forzados afuera con la presión y velocidad del lodo. Milagrosamente, Víctor y Antonio sobrevivieron. Pero trajicamente, Marilyn, su hija Kaelly y Jonathan no pudieron sobrevivir la ferocidad del Río de lodo en su camino hacia el mar, más dé una milla de la casa. Desafortunadamente, aún no han podido encontrar a Faviola. El más grande milagro de esta historia, es que encontraron a Ian, unas cuantas horas después de esta trajedia, cubierto de lodo pero vivo. Estos hermanos han perdido todo: su casa, todas sus pertenencias personales, sus herramientas y camionetas del negocio. Pero más tragico de todo es que han perdido casi todos los miembros de su familia. Si ustedes pueden contribuir algo para ayudarles con los gastos funerarios y costos requeridos para restablecer sus vidas sería de gran beneficio para ellos. No tienen nada y han perdido casi todo.
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We want to thank you all for this amazing response! You’ve really helped these two brothers and it is our hope to get them back on their feet and building their business once again. Although they will forever mourn the loss of their family members, these contributions will help them rebuild a portion of their lives.

Antonio will be accepting these funds on behalf of his brother, Victor, and himself. He will be directly withdrawing the monies from Go Fund Me and putting them to good use rebuilding their landscape business and their lives.

Again, I thank you all for your incredible support.

Pamela Viale
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Thank you for this amazing response. My name is a Pamela Viale and Robin Lewis and Carolyn Grenier and I are collecting these funds for the Benitez brothers. The family worked for us and we care for them very much. The funds are being held in a newly created bank account for the brothers and will be dispensed to them once they are healed and able to receive them. Unfortunately, Faviola, Victor’s wife, has not been located. We will update you on any changes again we are so grateful for your response.
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$135,392 of $95,000 goal

Raised by 1,018 people in 9 months
Created January 12, 2018
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Pamela Viale
on behalf of Santos Antonio Benitez
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