Santy's Family Fund to Visit Father

$9,071 of $10k goal

Raised by 164 people in 1 month
Lynn Morgan  BOULDER, CO
Santy (his formal first name is Santiago) and his wife, Lilia, moved to Colorado from Mexico in 1998.  They have three children -- a 25 year old married son, a 15 year old son and a 13 year old daughter.  Santy and  Lilia started working as housekeeping/janitors at Flatirons Athletic Club in Boulder, Colorado, in the spring of 1998.  They've been working at the club for nearly 19 years!  

The club was purchased by a large corporate entity a few years ago.  Santy and Lilia are making the highest amount possible in their positions and it's not enough to raise a family.  They have credit card debt because it's hard to make ends meet on their salaries.  Last year Santy's daughter stepped on a nail and had surgery as a result. This put the family even more in debt.  

Santy and Lilia work very hard, always have a smile on their faces, and are friendly and cheerful to everyone.  They clean houses and perform other jobs on the weekends to increase their income.  

I've become friends with Santy and he's shared with me that his father, who lives in Mexico City, Mexico, is in poor health.  He hasn't seen his father since he moved to Colorado in 1998.  He is hopeful that he and his family will visit his parents next summer.  His younger children have never met their grandparents.    

As it is the season of giving, I would love to raise the funds for Santy and his family to visit his parents in Mexico.  Santy and Lilia are such hard workers.  I'd like them to see how much they are appreciated.  It would mean the world to Santy to spend time with his family in Mexico again.  He needs an extra boost from the community to realize this dream.  

If there are any angels who would like to donate/transfer their airline miles to Santy and his family, that would be awesome!  Five airline tickets need to be purchased for Santy, Lilia and their three kids.  I'm sure they would like to spend at least a week in Mexico.  

At this point I have kept this go fund me campaign a secret from Santy, but he might be getting suspicious since I took his photo today :))))  It would be really amazing if we can raise enough money for this trip!  And it would be really awesome to see the look on Santy and Lilia's faces if they are presented with a big check without their knowing what the rest of us are doing!  But it's OK if the word gets out.  I'm sure it will put an even bigger smile on Santy and Lilia's faces as they feel the love from their community.

Thanks for making life a little better for a wonderful immigrant family.
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Update 7
Posted by Lynn Morgan
13 days ago
Hi friends and family,

In less than a month we've raised nearly $9K to send Santy and his family to Mexico to visit his ill father!! It's been a wild, exciting ride and I thank you for your support and for spreading the love.

GoFundMe requires that I withdraw the current funds raised on Jan. 11, so I'm sending a "last call" message if anyone else wants to donate or you want to spread the word one last time :))) Two more days left to give!!

I will combine the GoFundMe contributions plus cash donations I've collected and present Santy and Lilia a BIG check in a week or two when the GoFundMe money has been processed. I'll let you know our grand total in the final update. Again, THANK YOU TO THIS GENEROUS COMMUNITY for seeing the value in giving back to others and making a dream come true for Santy. xoxo
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Update 6
Posted by Lynn Morgan
22 days ago
Happy New Year to the Santy and Lilia Fan Club!! 2017 is going to be an awesome year because Santy and his family are traveling to Mexico to visit his ill father thanks to all of YOU!!

Today's Boulder Daily Camera features a touching article, "Residents fund 'dream' trip." We made the front page of the Local section along with a beautiful photo of the airline miles angel, Gavin, meeting Santy and Lilia for the first time. Here's the link: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_30694616/boulder-residents-pitch-fund-familys-dream-trip-back

Santy's wife, Lilia, is quoted in the article: "This is a dream for us, that he can see his family We didn't have enough money for all of us to go. I told him to go alone, but he wanted all of us there. So it is beautiful, what they're doing for us. We're very grateful."

Santy adds that he'll have to wear sunglasses when he walks into his family's home in Mexico City for the first time since he left in 1998. "So they don't see me cry. It's going to be incredible."

To our Community -- Thanks for making this dream come true!! Thanks for giving back and showing your appreciation for a hard working immigrant family. It truly is a happy new year!! xoxo
Gavin meets Santy and his family
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Update 5
Posted by Lynn Morgan
24 days ago
Several people have suggested that I extend the end date of Santy's GoFundMe campaign. This is a great idea, especially since the heartwarming article from the Daily Camera newspaper hasn't been published yet. I'm hoping for another wave of support from that. Plus lots of people are out of town for the holidays and I'm expecting checks in the mail from others that want to add to the fund. So let's keep the support flowing through January and beyond!

It takes 7-14 days for the funds to process through GoFundMe, so at this point I'll plan to present the BIG check to Santy and Lilia in late January or early February. This will include the money raised from GoFundMe plus cash donations I've collected. Then if folks still continue to donate, I'll keep passing along the funds as they come in.

The dream is coming true for Santy and his family to reunite with his parents!! They are planning to travel to Mexico in May 2017.

Thanks again to Gavin, the airline miles angel, and to all of YOU for giving the best gift ever to Santy, Lilia and their family. They will travel to Mexico AND pay down a lot of debt. My heart is full of love and gratitude for this amazing community. xoxo
Santy & his kids-Ivan, Denise, Christian
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Update 4
Posted by Lynn Morgan
25 days ago
Here’s Santy’s response when I shared this amazing news: “In this moment all of my family is really excited with no words, we don’t know how to thank you. We really thought that never in a lifetime this would happen. This is a huge dream come true. Please thank all of the people that are making this possible. We really appreciate this. Blessings from me and my family with love, thanks ALOT and happy holidays.”

There are some taxes for the airline tickets that will be paid from the GoFundMe. But the rest of the money raised will cover other family travel expenses and then pay down his credit card debt. Santy has asked me to collect all of the GoFundMe money, then I will withdraw the funds and add in the cash donations I’ve collected and present Santy and Lilia with a check in late January. THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING COMMUNITY FOR MAKING THIS DREAM COME TRUE!!!

ps Keep your eyes open for an article in the Boulder Daily Camera coming soon.
Airline miles angel and Santy's family
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$9,071 of $10k goal

Raised by 164 people in 1 month
Created December 13, 2016
LL
$25
liles lipe
2 days ago
$10
Anonymous
11 days ago
SS
$100
Steven Stingley
12 days ago
EP
$100
Elaine Pease
13 days ago

Lilia and her family have always been so sweet. Happy to help and thanks Lynn!!

EM
$50
eileen mccann
17 days ago
CA
$50
Chad Alber
17 days ago
$25
Anonymous
19 days ago
JM
$100
Jeff Mason
19 days ago

Santy is an inspiration for all and a true joy to see every morning in the club. I cannot think of a better present for this Xmas!

$88
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21 days ago
$50
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21 days ago
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