Help Dolores Westfall

$17,865 of $20k goal

Raised by 392 people in 14 months
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Vinod Balakrishnan
on behalf of Dolores Westfall
 STAFFORD, TX
PLEASE SEE MY LATEST CAMPAIGN UPDATE ABOUT DOLORES. SHE PASSED AWAY ON 12/23/2016.

I came to know about Dolores Westfall's story through the LA Times article titled "Too poor to retire, too young to die" (Too poor to retire and too young to die ) and I was greatly moved by her situation. I really admired her undying spirit and attitude.  Nobody should be subjected the rude shock of having all their life's savings being decimated right when it is time for retirement, let alone a 79-year old.

I wanted to help her financially(within my means) and I contacted the author of the LA Times article Mr.John Glionna.  This fundraiser will benefit Dolores and it will give her some financial cushion and may take some load off her shoulders. I will work with Mr.Glionna to deliver the funds to Dolores.

As always, anything helps. Please donate whatever you can without hurting your own pockets. I am sure this will earn you some good karma.

ALSO, PLEASE SHARE ON FACEBOOK SO THAT IT REACHES MORE PEOPLE.

SUMMARY:
1)I live and work in Houston, TX.
2) I am not related to Dolores, I read the article about her on LA Times and reached out to the author about helping Dolores.
3) This account was setup to help her. I HAVE NO INTENTION OF KEEPING THE MONEY FOR MYSELF.
4) I sent a portion of the funds to Dolores yesterday and posted pictures of the transaction receipt.
5) I will provide Dolores direct access to the account so that she can withdraw the remaining funds herself.
6) Dolores will decide how she wants to spend her funds.

I had to update the campaign with the above information because GoFundme froze the campaign funds.
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Update 7
Posted by Vinod Balakrishnan
3 months ago
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Hello all,

These last few months saw almost 400 individuals come together in a beautiful move to raise almost $18k for Dolores. She was extremely thankful for all of your help. It helped her a great deal - she was able to pay off the remaining loan on her RV, and get some vital repairs done on it.

Last week, I received news from Francine Orr (the photographer from the LA Times article) about Dolores' deteriorating health. She had suffered two strokes. On 12/23/2016, Dolores' sister informed us that Dolores has passed away.

From my conversation with Dolores' sister, I understand that this collective action of ours made a huge difference to her quality of life. She wanted us to understand what a great gift this was.

Please carry this love forward and help other people in similar situations. Each one of us should be happy about what we were able to accomplish. I would like to thank John Glionna and Francine Orr for bringing her story to the world.

Vinod
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Update 6
Posted by Vinod Balakrishnan
13 months ago
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Hello all,

Here is another quick clarification on Update 5 photo in which Dolores holds a note saying she received $900. This update is in response to questions I received from many of the donors asking why she Dolores has only partial access to the funds. That fund transfer was done way at beginning of the fundraiser to quickly get some emergency funds to her.

Since then Dolores has been provided with unrestricted access to the funds. I hope this clears any doubts current and future donors may have about Dolores' ability to access the funds. Thanks for your kind hearts!

Vinod
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Update 5
Posted by Vinod Balakrishnan
13 months ago
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Here is a thank you photo from Dolores
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Update 4
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13 months ago
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Second photo
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Marta Heldenberg
14 months ago

We live in rural Georgia,on one acre,in a small,but adequate house for the two of us. At one end of our land,there is space where we would not mind at all letting her park her home. We had a septic tank installed years ago, along with hookups to our well, and electric setup,for our daughter who put a mobile home there. County regulations required moving it once she moved to town, so now the space sits empty, and we practically gave the mobile home away,in order to remove it from our property. The county cannot prevent us from parking an R.V. there, so,if it will help, she is quite welcome to stay as long as she wishes. We are also in our 80`s, living solely on our Social Security,so know only too well of the struggle to survive. We worked our entire lives, raised nine lovely children,and now, although we are not flush, we manage ,mainly because our taxes are low, we have a private well,utilities are manageable, and our cost of living is tolerable. If she is at all interested in our offer, she may contact me through facebook , or by phone at 229-623-5389.

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Dolores Westfall
13 months ago

Okay, okay...I surrender. I've diligently avoided joining Facebook because they creeped me out some time ago when soliciting my membership. But I've been so frustrated that I haven't been able to thank you wonderful, kind, caring folks who have reached out to me on this site. So I've joined, just so I could respond. Now I can say, directly, THANK YOU... THANK YOU. For someone who has never accepted help before, this is unexpected and a life-altering experience! Wish I could hug each one of you. Thank you, Vinod. BigFoot, LittleTow and I truly won't be the same...

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Scott R Kenefick
13 months ago

Delores, please look me up this coming spring/summer/fall season if you are ever in the Raleigh, central to east area of NC and we can arrange a "maintenance weekend " for Bigfoot. I run a large Maint department for a large company and have a great crew of plumbers,electricians, welders, who would like nothing more than to make yer rig ship shape for a good while. The only payment needed would be to "feed the crew", with the provided fixins. Please consider a detour to our area. It would be a blessing for us to assist you. Best Regards, Scott

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Lisa Solod
13 months ago
4
4

I live in Savannah and am in contact with her by email. Trying to get the things fixed on her trailer and find her work. She sounds wonderful.

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Alaia Leighland
13 months ago
4
4

I really would like to hear from John and Delores on this page... The person listed as receiving the funds doesn't even have a Facebook account so there is no way to check who they are... I would hate to see someone taking advantage of this story for their personal gain...

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Janet Perry
13 months ago
3
3

Scott R Kenefick - we would be more than happy to feed your crew if Dolores comes into town. We have a restaurant in the area and would love to do this for Dolores. I don't think I can contact you directly on this website and if you can not reach me please leave a comment and we will figure it out.

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Mary McDermott
14 months ago
3
3

Vinod, please keep up the great work! Thanks for your kind heart!

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Dolores Westfall
7 months ago
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Thank you so much, Kathy, for your good wishes and helpful funds. If traveling the USA is what you want to do during your lifetime, don't let worry stop you! Plan time and finances as best you can and do it. If, like me, nasty people and circumstances beyond your control steal your plans and expectations, don't let them take your soul, your joy, as well. You don't have to be "comfortable" to be joyful. I am thankful every day that I can still work hard, appreciate the lovely people who pass through my life and see the beauty of our ever-changing landscapes.

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Ginger Dobbins Gregory
13 months ago
2
2

I just read the article in the Raleigh paper about Dolores. I came online to try to find her, to invite her to stay with me if she wanted. I found this gofundme page. People really are good. You can still come live with if you want Dolores! I'm in Angier NC. Small town, small house, but I'm willing to share what I have.

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Lynn Kessler
2 months ago
1
1

I responded to Dolores the same way you did, sent her some money and helped her with her job resume. Ironically, a few days before Christmas I sent her a little more money. I was surprised that I didn't hear from her, but since I didn't do this for a thank you, I assumed she was putting it to good use. I was surprised and saddened to read in this morning's newspaper that Dolores had died. However, I am heartened that so many of us tried to help. We must never stop being kind to people like Dolores who are in such great need. As the Lakota say, "Mitakuye Oyasin," We Are All Related.

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Kelly Pertler Pervine
13 months ago
1
1

Delores, We would love to provide room and board for 6 months. Our guest room is not fancy, but the price is right (free ). I'm a single Mom with 2 teens and I am happy to go through any background checks. I live in a small and friendly town. Please private message me if you are interested. Goodluck!

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Wanda Kick-serve Mosley
13 months ago
1
1

Hello everyone! I spoke with Dolores this evening and she again wants to pass along her sincerest thanks to all who have contributed to this GoFundMe effort. She is still overwhelmed by all of the support and is working diligently to contact all who have offered assistance.

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Rachel Campbell
14 months ago
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And from Delores herself: She is overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness, support and generosity. It is unlike anything she has ever experiences. She sends her thanks and appreciation to each of you for your kindness on her behalf.

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Rachel Campbell
14 months ago
1
1

Update: Yes, she is in Savannah. She currently is in need of either a generator OR someone who can rebuild the generator she has. If anyone has that ability, feel free to reach out to me via Facebook and I'll put you in touch with her.

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MaryBeth Fry
14 months ago
1
1

Is Dolores still in Savannah, do you know? That's where I am, and I'm sure I could get some of my friends to help her out with various things she may need or need to have done.

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Cammie Smithton
14 months ago
1
1

Please note the news article lists Dolores' age as 79! Not 70. ♥

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Rachel Campbell
14 months ago
1
1

All: I will be speaking with Delores today and find out more about her current situation, what resources may be available that could assist her, and generally learn more that will help us be more efficient in our support. Thank you for every dime that is donated to this page. You restore my faith in humanity!

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Arley Tapirian
21 days ago

I was fortunate enough to meet Dolores in New York City in September 2016. We spent the day together on the Lower East Side, visiting the Tenement Museum and trying to find her childhood building. She was so lovely and hearty and smart. We had agreed we would meet again upon her return from Florida because we seemed to be kindred spirits. Originally, after reading the L.A. Times article about Dolores I reached out to her because I thought I might have a summer gig for her in NYC which unfortunately didn't materialize (she had wanted to land close to New York in the summer of 2016, and she did, finding a job in Florida, NY). We had some lengthy, humorous telephone conversations leading up to the time of our NYC outing. During the past few months I have emailed her several times and had not heard back and just tonight I googled her and discovered (by way of this site) she had passed in December. Live life on your own terms, keep your head up and your attitude cheery. I am so grateful my path crossed with Dolores on a beautiful sunny fall day. -- arley tapirian

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Francine Orr
3 months ago

Thank you for your concern and interest in Dolores. She took ill recently so for now is getting care and is not on the road. We'll update you on her status. Thank you again. (I am the Los Angeles Times photographer who worked on this story with writer John Glionna.)

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Dolores Westfall
5 months ago

Hi to Caroline Smith-Cruz and others who are confused and thinking I've been missing or uninformed about the site or even not receiving the funds. I'm here and I've personally been receiving these funds which have been sent directly to my bank account, as arranged. I think part of the confusion is that comments in this column do not appear in the order in which they are written. Recent comments appear mixed in and often below old comments from months ago or even at the beginning of this site's setup. Vinod and GoFundMe both informed me when this page was begun and it is absolutely legit. I had never heard of crowd funding before Vinod -- a dear, thoughtful person I've never personally met -- set it up. I can't tell you how helpful it has been! I have been able to get some things fixed, was able to buy gas to my next job and I am continuing to get things fixed and eat away at my debts little by little while working as many hours as I can to support BigFoot, LittleTow and me. Although I am not active on Facebook (I don't know how folks find the time!), those of us who are on the road are still able to have bank accounts, cell phones and be email-connected, like everyone else in this digital age. I am not lost, I do exist, I'm really Dolores, that photo is truly a photo of me (taken by Francine Orr, the photographer of that L.A.Times article), and I am eternally grateful to all of you!!! I don't blame you for being suspicious. I would be, too. But this time, it is for real. In case this note gets buried way down the list, I'm writing this on Oct. 11, 2016. I've just replaced my dead refrigerator (it cost $2100!), thanks to you all, and I'm thankful that I was able to be working on my recent 80th birthday. Thank you all for your good thoughts and great help. May you be blessed with good things for years to come. Dolores.

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$17,865 of $20k goal

Raised by 392 people in 14 months
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Created January 31, 2016
Vinod Balakrishnan  
on behalf of Dolores Westfall
$50
Susan Hansen
3 months ago

Merry Christmas Dolores!

LO
$25
Lori Ostlund
3 months ago

We hope that you are doing well, Dolores! I read the article last night for the first time and found myself thoroughly taken with you, your independence, and sense of adventure and appalled by the lack of a security net in this country. Vinod, thanks for setting this up!

BS
$25
Bruce Shenitz
3 months ago
MW
$25
Michael Whatley
3 months ago
NG
$5
Natalie Graham
3 months ago

Good luck Dolores

SL
$20
Shannon LeCompte
3 months ago
AM
$5
Anthony Miller
3 months ago
$20
Anonymous
3 months ago
CB
$50
Carol Benson
3 months ago

We (my husband & myself) are RVers as well. Our RV is our home, and we have run into mechanical issues and it can be scary. My thoughts are with you a lot. Take care!

$20
Anonymous
3 months ago
Marta Heldenberg
14 months ago

We live in rural Georgia,on one acre,in a small,but adequate house for the two of us. At one end of our land,there is space where we would not mind at all letting her park her home. We had a septic tank installed years ago, along with hookups to our well, and electric setup,for our daughter who put a mobile home there. County regulations required moving it once she moved to town, so now the space sits empty, and we practically gave the mobile home away,in order to remove it from our property. The county cannot prevent us from parking an R.V. there, so,if it will help, she is quite welcome to stay as long as she wishes. We are also in our 80`s, living solely on our Social Security,so know only too well of the struggle to survive. We worked our entire lives, raised nine lovely children,and now, although we are not flush, we manage ,mainly because our taxes are low, we have a private well,utilities are manageable, and our cost of living is tolerable. If she is at all interested in our offer, she may contact me through facebook , or by phone at 229-623-5389.

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Dolores Westfall
13 months ago

Okay, okay...I surrender. I've diligently avoided joining Facebook because they creeped me out some time ago when soliciting my membership. But I've been so frustrated that I haven't been able to thank you wonderful, kind, caring folks who have reached out to me on this site. So I've joined, just so I could respond. Now I can say, directly, THANK YOU... THANK YOU. For someone who has never accepted help before, this is unexpected and a life-altering experience! Wish I could hug each one of you. Thank you, Vinod. BigFoot, LittleTow and I truly won't be the same...

+ Read More
Scott R Kenefick
13 months ago

Delores, please look me up this coming spring/summer/fall season if you are ever in the Raleigh, central to east area of NC and we can arrange a "maintenance weekend " for Bigfoot. I run a large Maint department for a large company and have a great crew of plumbers,electricians, welders, who would like nothing more than to make yer rig ship shape for a good while. The only payment needed would be to "feed the crew", with the provided fixins. Please consider a detour to our area. It would be a blessing for us to assist you. Best Regards, Scott

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Lisa Solod
13 months ago
4
4

I live in Savannah and am in contact with her by email. Trying to get the things fixed on her trailer and find her work. She sounds wonderful.

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Alaia Leighland
13 months ago
4
4

I really would like to hear from John and Delores on this page... The person listed as receiving the funds doesn't even have a Facebook account so there is no way to check who they are... I would hate to see someone taking advantage of this story for their personal gain...

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Janet Perry
13 months ago
3
3

Scott R Kenefick - we would be more than happy to feed your crew if Dolores comes into town. We have a restaurant in the area and would love to do this for Dolores. I don't think I can contact you directly on this website and if you can not reach me please leave a comment and we will figure it out.

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Mary McDermott
14 months ago
3
3

Vinod, please keep up the great work! Thanks for your kind heart!

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Dolores Westfall
7 months ago
2
2

Thank you so much, Kathy, for your good wishes and helpful funds. If traveling the USA is what you want to do during your lifetime, don't let worry stop you! Plan time and finances as best you can and do it. If, like me, nasty people and circumstances beyond your control steal your plans and expectations, don't let them take your soul, your joy, as well. You don't have to be "comfortable" to be joyful. I am thankful every day that I can still work hard, appreciate the lovely people who pass through my life and see the beauty of our ever-changing landscapes.

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Ginger Dobbins Gregory
13 months ago
2
2

I just read the article in the Raleigh paper about Dolores. I came online to try to find her, to invite her to stay with me if she wanted. I found this gofundme page. People really are good. You can still come live with if you want Dolores! I'm in Angier NC. Small town, small house, but I'm willing to share what I have.

+ Read More
Lynn Kessler
2 months ago
1
1

I responded to Dolores the same way you did, sent her some money and helped her with her job resume. Ironically, a few days before Christmas I sent her a little more money. I was surprised that I didn't hear from her, but since I didn't do this for a thank you, I assumed she was putting it to good use. I was surprised and saddened to read in this morning's newspaper that Dolores had died. However, I am heartened that so many of us tried to help. We must never stop being kind to people like Dolores who are in such great need. As the Lakota say, "Mitakuye Oyasin," We Are All Related.

+ Read More
Kelly Pertler Pervine
13 months ago
1
1

Delores, We would love to provide room and board for 6 months. Our guest room is not fancy, but the price is right (free ). I'm a single Mom with 2 teens and I am happy to go through any background checks. I live in a small and friendly town. Please private message me if you are interested. Goodluck!

+ Read More
Wanda Kick-serve Mosley
13 months ago
1
1

Hello everyone! I spoke with Dolores this evening and she again wants to pass along her sincerest thanks to all who have contributed to this GoFundMe effort. She is still overwhelmed by all of the support and is working diligently to contact all who have offered assistance.

+ Read More
Rachel Campbell
14 months ago
1
1

And from Delores herself: She is overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness, support and generosity. It is unlike anything she has ever experiences. She sends her thanks and appreciation to each of you for your kindness on her behalf.

+ Read More
Rachel Campbell
14 months ago
1
1

Update: Yes, she is in Savannah. She currently is in need of either a generator OR someone who can rebuild the generator she has. If anyone has that ability, feel free to reach out to me via Facebook and I'll put you in touch with her.

+ Read More
MaryBeth Fry
14 months ago
1
1

Is Dolores still in Savannah, do you know? That's where I am, and I'm sure I could get some of my friends to help her out with various things she may need or need to have done.

+ Read More
Cammie Smithton
14 months ago
1
1

Please note the news article lists Dolores' age as 79! Not 70. ♥

+ Read More
Rachel Campbell
14 months ago
1
1

All: I will be speaking with Delores today and find out more about her current situation, what resources may be available that could assist her, and generally learn more that will help us be more efficient in our support. Thank you for every dime that is donated to this page. You restore my faith in humanity!

+ Read More
Arley Tapirian
21 days ago

I was fortunate enough to meet Dolores in New York City in September 2016. We spent the day together on the Lower East Side, visiting the Tenement Museum and trying to find her childhood building. She was so lovely and hearty and smart. We had agreed we would meet again upon her return from Florida because we seemed to be kindred spirits. Originally, after reading the L.A. Times article about Dolores I reached out to her because I thought I might have a summer gig for her in NYC which unfortunately didn't materialize (she had wanted to land close to New York in the summer of 2016, and she did, finding a job in Florida, NY). We had some lengthy, humorous telephone conversations leading up to the time of our NYC outing. During the past few months I have emailed her several times and had not heard back and just tonight I googled her and discovered (by way of this site) she had passed in December. Live life on your own terms, keep your head up and your attitude cheery. I am so grateful my path crossed with Dolores on a beautiful sunny fall day. -- arley tapirian

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Francine Orr
3 months ago

Thank you for your concern and interest in Dolores. She took ill recently so for now is getting care and is not on the road. We'll update you on her status. Thank you again. (I am the Los Angeles Times photographer who worked on this story with writer John Glionna.)

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Dolores Westfall
5 months ago

Hi to Caroline Smith-Cruz and others who are confused and thinking I've been missing or uninformed about the site or even not receiving the funds. I'm here and I've personally been receiving these funds which have been sent directly to my bank account, as arranged. I think part of the confusion is that comments in this column do not appear in the order in which they are written. Recent comments appear mixed in and often below old comments from months ago or even at the beginning of this site's setup. Vinod and GoFundMe both informed me when this page was begun and it is absolutely legit. I had never heard of crowd funding before Vinod -- a dear, thoughtful person I've never personally met -- set it up. I can't tell you how helpful it has been! I have been able to get some things fixed, was able to buy gas to my next job and I am continuing to get things fixed and eat away at my debts little by little while working as many hours as I can to support BigFoot, LittleTow and me. Although I am not active on Facebook (I don't know how folks find the time!), those of us who are on the road are still able to have bank accounts, cell phones and be email-connected, like everyone else in this digital age. I am not lost, I do exist, I'm really Dolores, that photo is truly a photo of me (taken by Francine Orr, the photographer of that L.A.Times article), and I am eternally grateful to all of you!!! I don't blame you for being suspicious. I would be, too. But this time, it is for real. In case this note gets buried way down the list, I'm writing this on Oct. 11, 2016. I've just replaced my dead refrigerator (it cost $2100!), thanks to you all, and I'm thankful that I was able to be working on my recent 80th birthday. Thank you all for your good thoughts and great help. May you be blessed with good things for years to come. Dolores.

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