Help Brayan & Fam Post-COVID 

PLEASE READ. A lot of you know Brayan and his siblings already. We've had a close relationship since I wrote about him in 2018, when he was 12, and sleepless and allegedly being drugged at detention center in Maryland. His mother was killed in Honduras when he was 9, and his father, who had journeyed to the border with him seeking asylum, was forcibly separated from his son and deported. He now lives with his grandma in Florida. I was the first friendly voice he heard in America, on the phone, asking if he was able to play soccer, and when high-profile organizations who promised to help didn't, I organized multiple fundraisers with your help, and we have been able to help buy them uniforms, back to school supplies, and Christmas presents. 

His grandma, his legal guardian, got COVID and pneumonia this past month and had nobody else but me to turn to. I used funds from our Not Invisible Community Fund and some of my own money to send groceries, thermometers, PPE, paid for Brayan's phone bill,  and rent. She was really, really, sick. It is a miracle she survived. I checked in on her oximeter results every few hours. It was terrifying.

She is planning on going back to work in 10 days--in CONSTRUCTION, as a 50-year old woman who needs hip surgery but has no means for it, in fucking FLORIDA, while the kids go to hybrid school. 

I know everyone in this country needs help, but Brayan has seen too much trauma in his life and I feel personally responsible for him. If she had died, I had nightmares about what would have happened to him--deportation, foster care. Please help me help this family, to ease the burden on the grandma until she is fully on her feet again. Her body needs to heal. 

We need one more Chromebook for her daughter. I want to be able to contribute to some of the rent and groceries for the next few months. I had COVID in March and still feel a terrible fatigue on many days. I want to not force her to work herself to death. And I want to make sure they have hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, and cleaning supplies for what awaits us this fall. I know we are all affected by this plague, but please help if you can.

Donations (128)

  • Peter Burns
    • $100 
    • 3 yrs
  • Michelle Morgan
    • $60 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Haley Alonzo
    • $10 
    • 3 yrs
  • Sarabeth Domal
    • $20 
    • 3 yrs


Karla Cornejo
New Haven, CT

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