Third tragedy hits Melrose Park family
– they need your help
This Christmas, 7-year-old Brian
Lopez, four-year old Sergio Lopez and 8-month-old Juanita Lopez will not
only be trying to count their Christmas-time blessings absent their
mother’s love, but they’ll be doing so without even the comfort of their
home – it burned down December 3rd, the flames taking away the last
connection to their mother’s things and their hopes for a warm Christmas
Already in dire need – Brian who has
Cerebral Palsy, is confined to a wheelchair in diapers, and can only be
fed soft foods. With his 5-times-daily medicines – the Lopez family,
headed by 44-year-old dad Sergio, had already been through much tragedy
this year before the fire.
On April 17th of this year, within a
few hours of their beautiful baby daughter Juanita Joselyn Lopez being
born, Mrs. San Juana Lopez, who had gestational diabetes, passed away
from internal bleeding of her heart.
Sergio, who was working at the time
came home to an ambulance and a dying wife whose last words were: "Te
encargo a mis hijos" – “take care of our children.”
Since then, the Lopez family has been
working closely with several community organizations to stay afloat.
It's been hard, Sergio got laid off as a brake press operator from Krack
Corporation on June 18th and struggles with going back to work with two
children who are completely dependant on him.
Even before the fire he and the
children were struggling to cope with mom being "away".
The family was renting a home in
Melrose Park, and living on the top floor when the entire home burned
down December 3rd – a young single couple living in the basement lost
everything as well. Thankfully, within a minute of everyone getting out
safe, the windows exploded.
We, as a community, need to help this
family as much as possible with resources and the following support:
We are asking families to make a
donation of $10.00 or more to:
Dorelia Rivera F/B/O (for the benefit of) The Lopez Family
MB Financial Bank
8300 West Belmont
Chicago, Il 60634
*For Checks that are mailed: Make Payable to Lopez Family with the
account number on the check
For items, please take to:
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
(Put families name on items)
1101 23rd Ave.
Melrose Park, Il 60160
Please help, the Lopez' Feliz Navidad
rest in your hands.
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