COVID relief for my coworker & his family

Details here are going to be somewhat vague to protect the privacy of the beneficiaries -- they don't know I'm doing this. I'm raising this money for them strictly as a friend and not in affiliation with the nursery where I work. If you want more details please feel free to contact me directly. 

My friend and coworker (whose whole family lives at the nursery where I work) contracted COVID a few weeks ago, as did his wife (and I assume his two kids, although they haven't been tested, nor have they developed symptoms).  This is why I had to self-quarantine recently. He is not doing well and has been in the hospital for more than two weeks and it's unclear whether or not he's going to make it at this point. If he does pull through this, it will likely be months before he can work again, if he is ever able to at all. He's a VERY loyal and hard working guy and has been so important to my success at my job.

This family has been a part of my life for the last eight years -- I've watched the kids grow up, helped the parents negotiate how to pay bills and deal with the IRS while they've always been generous enough to share what they have with me, and they've helped me learn Spanish while I help them learn English -- we're all kind of family there. 

So here's the problem: my friend/coworker is currently the only family member with a job or a driver's license. Since he's been in the hospital they've essentially been stuck there at the farm. My boss has been keeping them supplied with most necessities, I've pitched in a little, and some local churches have also been helping out. They're pretty much taken care of short term. Those of us who work there are going to eventually (once it's safe) help them get more mobile and get work and the like, so we're hoping to get them better set up for success in the longer term. What I'm hoping for is to get them taken care of in the middle term for the things they need...and help with what are sure to be huge medical bills.


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Tim Batog 
Portland, OR

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