Ortiz Children Fundraiser

$3,930 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 16 months
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Irene Avila
on behalf of Nina Lemos
 OXNARD, CA
On January 5, 2017 in the city of Oxnard, the Ortiz children lost their mother to domestic violence.  There are six children ages 2, 3, 6, 10, 14 and 16 years.  The children are now in the care of their guardian. Their guardian is their cousin. She is a young mother herself with two children ages 3 and 7.  The guardian had to quit her job in order to in order to care for the younger children. She is also enduring a health issue that requires surgery which she had to put off due to not having health insurance.  In the meantime, this family of four has grown to a family of ten, and they are living on the husband's income which has made it financially hard on the family.  Our hope is to help this family as much as possible with financial donations. If you can, please donate to these children whose world was changed forever. Thank you.
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I reached out to you last year seeking assistance for six children when their mother was murdered by an act of domestic violence. Many people came together to help with donations, gift cards, clothing, food, and other items. I have continued to be contacted by people who ask me about the children and continuous offers of help with various donations. I am grateful and thankful to everyone who has reached out to me with offers to help. I am again reaching out hoping to help the family. Only one year after their mother’s tragic death, these six children face yet another life challenge – housing. The now 3, 4, 7, 11, 15, and 17 year old are in desperate need of locating a 3 - 4 bedroom home to rent in the central Oxnard area. The legal guardian’s two bedroom home has proven too small to fit the growing children. The maximum monthly payment the legal guardian can afford is $2,000 a month. The family has tried to reach out to community agencies for help locating a bigger home to rent in their budget, but have been unsuccessful due to the large family size. The guardian is a married woman with two children of her own. The six children are still grieving the loss of their parents and their greatest strength is having one another. The family hopes that this information reaches one person or one property owner willing to rent them a house. Please help this family stay together. If you know any property owner willing to rent a home to these deserving children and their legal guardian’s family, please message me. Thank you very much.
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The family is very much in need of financial assistance. Due to the care of the needs of the children, taking them to their much-needed medical appointments and other important appointments, their caretaker has to take time off from work. Due to less hours at work, increase in rent, and increase of utility costs, the financial need has greatly increased. The family is in a dire situation. It is our wish to continue helping this caretaker who has done everything she can to ensure this family is not broken up. If you can please donate, it would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate by other means, please message me. Thank you.
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Thank you so much to all who have donated here and who have donated in person. There are not enough words to express the gratitude from the family. God Bless you all.
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Argelia Becerra Amador
16 months ago
5
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I wish I could donate but I can't. At the moment. I will when I get the chance. In the meantime most people don't know that children that lost a parent qualify for SSI under that parent. Go to social security office and ask to apply for survivor benefits. This will help in the care of these kids. God bless you.

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Susie Lopez
16 months ago
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4

I suggest the family also go to the Social Security office to apply for Survivor Benefits. God Bless You all!

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Earlene Martinez
16 months ago
2
2

As a relative you can apply as a non needy caretaker with the department of Social Services. Your income will not be used when you apply for aid for the children.

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Stacey Harvey
16 months ago
2
2

While it's nice to offer suggestions, this family needs money, prayers or offers to donate clothes, toys, etc. I will share your story and make sure we are spreading the word. SSI takes awhile and they don't have that kind of time.

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Kristie White
16 months ago
1
1

Everything helps in the short & most definitely & especially the long term!!!!....my sincere prayers of strength and endurance for this family!

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Eloise Somel
16 months ago

Thanks to everyone who's donated so far!

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$3,930 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 16 months
Created January 23, 2017
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Aileen Contreras
1 month ago
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God Bless your family

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Anonymous
6 months ago
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10 months ago
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13 months ago
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13 months ago
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13 months ago
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Alexis Perez
13 months ago
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God bless the kids!

Argelia Becerra Amador
16 months ago
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5

I wish I could donate but I can't. At the moment. I will when I get the chance. In the meantime most people don't know that children that lost a parent qualify for SSI under that parent. Go to social security office and ask to apply for survivor benefits. This will help in the care of these kids. God bless you.

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Susie Lopez
16 months ago
4
4

I suggest the family also go to the Social Security office to apply for Survivor Benefits. God Bless You all!

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Earlene Martinez
16 months ago
2
2

As a relative you can apply as a non needy caretaker with the department of Social Services. Your income will not be used when you apply for aid for the children.

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Stacey Harvey
16 months ago
2
2

While it's nice to offer suggestions, this family needs money, prayers or offers to donate clothes, toys, etc. I will share your story and make sure we are spreading the word. SSI takes awhile and they don't have that kind of time.

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Kristie White
16 months ago
1
1

Everything helps in the short & most definitely & especially the long term!!!!....my sincere prayers of strength and endurance for this family!

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Eloise Somel
16 months ago

Thanks to everyone who's donated so far!

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