Pinit's Family Recovery Fund

$164,707 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 1,680 people in 1 month
Created January 12, 2018
MC
Mike Caldwell
on behalf of Yuphawan Banyattrakoonpan
This is Pinit(Oom) Sutthithepa with his 2 year old daughter Lydia and 6 year old son Pasta.  Oom is in his third year at Toyota of Santa Barbara, I am his supervisor.  He is an exceptional employee, a great husband and loving father.  His family means everything to him.  Until Tuesday morning January 9th, 2018 at approximately 4am, he lived with his wife Yuphawan(Aw), his mother Banphoem(Perm), his step-father Loring (Richard Taylor) and his relative Sirithorn Janthorntho (May) on 1217 E Valley Road, Montecito, CA.  At 4am the house was obliterated by mud, boulders and rushing water.  Literally nothing is left.  Oom and Lydia are still missing.  Pasta's body was recovered Tuesday.  Loring's body was recovered Tuesday.  Aw and Perm were at work at Von's during the tradegy and survived.  May was rescued by members of the Montecito Fire Department around 6am Tuesday Morning.
This family has lost everything but the clothes they were wearing.   Clothing, food, shelter and comfort has been provided by the families' employers, friends and teachers(thank you Lisa Ishikawa!).
But this family needs significant funding to move forward with their lives.  We are hoping to raise $25,000.00 to assist them during the coming days of this tragedy and to help rebuild their lives in the months ahead.  Because of the sudden nature of this event, time is of the essence.  
On behalf of Aw and Perm, I thank you very much.
Mike Caldwell
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Today the family learned Pinit’s body was discovered by Firefighters. Now only Lydia is missing. Of course Aw and Perm held hopes he would be rescued and your generation donations could be used to start their lives over. But today’s news brings even greater despair to them. Without Oom the family faces even greater challenges in the future. As the reality of this tragedy evolves, the impact on the family escalates. No amount of money can alleviate the pain, but your generosity and the number of people donating and sharing their thoughts and prayers is truly helping them work through this. The picture attached is where their home once stood. Where the family last enjoyed dinner together, at 9pm Monday night, now there is nothing.
We thank you for your support.
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This is incredible and the family is so very grateful for everyone’s generosity. It truly is giving them hope for the future.
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Thank you everyone for your support. This outpouring has given Aw and Perm hope for the future.
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$164,707 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 1,680 people in 1 month
Created January 12, 2018
MC
Mike Caldwell
on behalf of Yuphawan Banyattrakoonpan
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