Fundraisers for Dinuba Accident Victims

August 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The outpouring of support has been overwhelming. The community has raised at least ten thousand dollars. And, many say, they're not done yet.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Bank of America
318 Robertson Blvd
Chowchilla, CA 93610
Account Number: 08757-66742
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A prayerful tribute Saturday night to the five Salazar children. Family and friends gathered in the same spot where the Orange Cove siblings died in a horrific car crash last weekend.

Their parents, Carlos and Jennifer survived. Family friend Rose Vasquez visits the crash site every day. Rose said, "I come and sit here from nine to six. People from all over have been coming donating money, and prayer. They've been asking about the family. Their real concern is about the mother and father."

To help them pay for funeral costs, fundraisers were held all over the valley Saturday. Volunteers collected $3800 dollars at a car wash in Reedley. And nearly $7-thousand dollars was raised at another car wash in Dinuba.

"We feel we have a moral obligation to help those in need and so we're here in line trying to help," said Gloria Garcia.

In Clovis, members of La Raza, a civil rights group that raises money for the Hispanic community, sold food, with all proceeds going to the Salazar family. Eddie Alvarado said, "We've raised quite a bit of money for the family and hopefully it will help out in any way it can."

And although no amount will ever replace these five little angels, people here say it's the least they can do to help.

"The children are with us, and I know that the family is in deep grief and if there's anything we can do as a community like channel thirty and the rest of the people that are coming forth and are donating. It's such a warm response," said Donna Mireles.

Carlos Salazar has been released from the hospital. Meanwhile, Jennifer is still there in fair condition. Volunteers plan on holding more car washes tomorrow all throughout the valley.

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