London Wanted to Help the Monkeys

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Raised by 121 people in 4 months
London spent New Year's and the week before her death with my family in Austin, Texas. During this visit, we went to the Austin Zoo. She could not stop talking about the monkeys. All she wanted to see were the monkeys. While there, I shared with her that we were planning to do some sort of addition to the tortoise exhibit, as a memorial to her great- grandmother, who passed away a few months ago, and loved tortoises...In passing, she said, "When I die, can you do that for the monkeys for me?  They need a bigger cage."... She was 10, so of course I jokingly told her that she would outlive me, and that she should let her future kids know this, so they can do it for her. We then laughed about how old I was, and I honestly didn't think about this conversation much, until after we heard the news that she was gone...We, as a family, will be working with the Austin Zoo to do some sort of upgrade to the monkey enclosure in her honor, but a friend suggested that many people loved her, and others may want to help us do this for her...We don't need funds for her funeral, or anything like that. This is being put out there simply because I want to honor her last request to me, even though I'm sure she didn't know how real it would be...She was technically my niece, but she was a sister to my kids, and like a daughter to me. We're all just at a loss for what else to do to make sense of what's happened to her...... (Since this is starting to reach people who don't know the family, London, along with her mother and sister, we're murdered in Boerne, Texas, a few days after New Year's).
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We've had a couple of people ask about London's Monkey Fund, and whether they can make a donation directly to the Austin Zoo, in order to avoid the GoFundMe fees, and/or get a receipt for tax deduction purposes.

If you prefer to go this route, you can send a check to:

Austin Zoo, c/o Kim
PO BOX 91808
Austin, Texas 78709

-CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO: "Austin Zoo," not my name, or anyone else's.

-ON THE CHECK'S MEMO LINE, add: "London's Monkeys"

The last memo is to ensure that the funds get credited to the appropriate fund. If you let me know you sent in a check, I can track it and make sure it gets credited appropriately.

Of course, you can also contribute to the family pool that will be given directly to the Austin Zoo, and is not being tallied on the GoFundMe page at this time.

We will be providing an accounting of expenditures from all sources on the GoFundMe page, once we begin work on the enclosure. So far, no money has been spent.

-If you have a question about how these contributions will affect your tax returns, you can contact Joey Mejia, the accountant helping us with this project.

-Any legal questions can be directed to Joseph Hoelscher, our attorney.

-Questions regarding the project itself can be directed to me.

Your help in distributing this post is appreciated.

Thank you again to everyone who is helping us do this for London. We're looking forward to getting this project off the ground.

Updates coming soon!

Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda PLLC
Superior Accounting Services, LLC.
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We know most of you knew London personally, so we wanted to share that we've registered a binary star(s) for Mama and London. For those of you who are new friends, we lost London's great-grandmother a few months prior to London leaving us.

We hope you take a few minutes to find them in the night sky sometime and say hello:)

Again, thank you very much for your help with this project. We will keep you updated on our progress, as we work with the Austin Zoo on the monkey enclosure.
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Thank you to everyone that's helping us do this for London, both through this GoFundMe, and separately.

Apparently, she was right!!
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