Trinidad Family Tragedy & Support

$269,865 of $350,000 goal

Raised by 7,058 people in 8 days
Created July 7, 2018
On Friday, July 6, 2018 as the Trinidad family were returning back to New Jersey, five members of their family (father and four daughters) were killed in a tragic car accident in Townsend, Delaware. The mother (Mary Rose) was the only survivor in their vehicle and currently hospitalized with serious injuries.

The father (Audie) was 61 years old, and his children include (Kaitlyn) a 20-year-old, (Danna) a 17-year-old and (Allison & Melissa) two 13-year-old twins.

It is unknown at this time the amount of support this mother will need and we did not intend to set a limited goal. However, any assistance of any kind is greatly appreciated at this difficult time.

We have been in touch with a designated family member (Audie’s eldest brother and his wife) and they are in support of our continued efforts!

We will be sure to post updates as they are received. 

Please continue to keep Mary Rose uplifted in prayer and all of their friends and family as well.

Thank you in advance

News link regarding the accident below:;-mother-survives/3718921/
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Hope this finds you all well and at peace this morning. As an update we learned that Mary Rose’s recovery is much improved and she will be transitioning to a rehabilitative facility for further treatment and care in her home state of New Jersey. The family had been traveling back and forth (a 6-7 hour round trip by car) to visit her and looking forward to having her closer.

Daniel Trinidad the brother of Audie Trinidad and Mary Rose’s brother in law has been designated as her legal representative (via power of attorney) and will be assisting Mary Rose while she recovers with handling the family’s personal and financial affairs. A designated account has been created and will be used to manage donations and expenses associated with this tragic event.

The family has completed the transfer of the family’s remains and in the process of coordinating funeral arrangements.

The strength this family has shown is remarkable and the support from all of you is extremely appreciative and recognized. We are focused on continuing our efforts and coordinating resources to ensure expenses due to this tragedy are supported through this campaign effort.

Thank you all again for your inspiring messages, words of comfort, direct messages sent, and for being a part of an amazing community of human beings willing to support Mary Rose through this tragic event. Please continue to share our efforts and we hope to provide another update shortly.

Continue to be blessed and a blessing to others.

Thank you -
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In light of the recent chain of comments referring to the legitimacy of this campaign we felt compelled out of respect for Mary Rose and the Trinidad family to provide feedback to address some of your concerns and additional questions.

First, please note that this campaign was designed to respond to a tragedy with hope and love. The campaign organizer’s daughter was Danna’s best friend. This fall Danna and some of the most amazing friends would have been entering their senior year of high school. As a mother of seven children (five daughters/two sons), as a family they wanted to help in the best way they could especially in partnership with so many amazing human beings.

It is not our intention to take advantage of others nor to be misleading about our efforts in any way. Although this tragedy has affected so many, our primary mission is to provide support to Mary Rose in the most appropriate way.

Updates are being provided and we have already confirmed that the family has been notified and in support of our efforts and aware of our fundraising results. As this is a recent tragedy Mary Rose is not yet able to manage these funds. Therefore, when she is you will see the beneficiary name updated in the campaign to reflect "on behalf of ____" directly under the campaign organizer's name. In the event Mary Rose is unable to manage directly she will designate a legal representative on her behalf. Until then all donations will be held and secured in a GoFundMe account.

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We have been assigned a dedicated support representative that is assisting with this specific campaign and will be providing ongoing guidance.

Again, we thank each of you for all of your continued support.
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After a loved one's death, survivors generally feel an emptiness and pain that can't be described or understood by anyone who has never experienced it. Words never remove the ache after a tragic loss, but the right ones can offer some comfort. Each of you through your individual acts of kindness have shown that even through tragedy a source of strength and hope can be found again.

Please know that the Trinidad family are able to view your heartfelt messages through this fundraiser and are so thankful and appreciative during this difficult time. Be encouraged to share your thoughts, prayers, pictures, personal stories and/or memories as we continue to provide support for the family.

At this time there have been no funeral arrangements made as the family would like to ensure Mary Rose is a part of the planning process. Still recovering from her injuries and currently hospitalized outside of her home state of New Jersey the family would also like to ensure her quality of care is managed appropriately before doing so. With everything she has experienced it is of great importance that she play an integral part of the planning process.

On yesterday, in light of the tragic event that occurred on Friday, July 6th, involving the Trinidad family, the Teaneck Public School District began providing counseling services for all middle and high school students as well as faculty through the FORUM at the High School. Kaitlyn was a Teaneck High School graduate (Class of 2016), Danna would have been entering her senior year (class of 2019), Allison and Melissa would have been entering their freshmen year this fall.

We hope to provide additional updates as appropriate and thank you all again for your continued support.

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Thank you for your kindness in remembering Audie, Kaitlyn, Danna, Allison, Melissa and your amazing support for Mary Rose through your donations, and heartfelt messages.

As an update we have increased our initial goal amount. As shared in our previous messaging when setting our initial goal we were uncertain of the level of support Mary Rose would need. While there is no simple way to determine the true cost of this tragic and horrific event; it is our intention to remain transparent and provide appropriate updates that will allow each donor to know that their donation is meaningful, appreciated, and used for its intended purpose.

At this time the immediate focus is on supporting the family in transferring their remains from Delaware, and funeral arrangements for each of the five deceased family members which have not yet been finalized, and supporting any medical or transportation expenses as a result of Mary Rose being hospitalized outside of her home state.

Again, your thoughtfulness and generosity are much appreciated by the entire family and the community. I hope we all continue to be inspired in helping others as this would be impossible without your help.

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Raised by 7,058 people in 8 days
Created July 7, 2018
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