STOCKTON (CBS13) — A Stockton-based nonprofit helps so many households with COVID-19 burial bills, it’s now operating out of cash for monetary help.
Sammy Nunez is the founding father of Stockton’s Fathers and Households.
“It’s treasured lives which were misplaced,” Nunez stated. “This was in contrast to nothing we’ve ever skilled. We have been getting calls on a regular basis.”
The nonprofit helps the underserved Stockton group survive. Now the coronavirus demise toll right here is so excessive, Nunez has arrange a coronavirus “disaster” line, serving to dozens of households pay for funerals. The necessity is so nice he’s now capping funds at $500 a household.
“This was a sort of inner dialog that we had, ‘how can we make sure that we’ve got sufficient to assist many households,’ as a result of we knew that there was going to be increasingly more households requesting some assist,” Nunez stated.
Stockton’s Mike Campos is recovering from the coronavirus after his father Arturo handed away from it at simply 59 years previous. Fathers and Households helped his household pay for funeral bills.
“It eased the household, it eased the hearts, it was one step nearer to getting the cash that was wanted,” Campos stated.
A report issued final week confirmed COVID-19 is the primary reason for demise in San Joaquin County in 2020, forward of coronary heart illness, and Alzheimer’s illness.
“We need to give them an honorable dignified funeral,” Nunez stated.
In Stockton, coronavirus is hitting so arduous, a nonprofit serving to households finance funerals is overwhelmed. Nunez stated Fathers and Households acquired requests to assist with two extra funerals on Monday alone.
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