Man who lost loved ones to COVID-19 thanks News 12, viewers for support on GoFundMe page
Jose Mercado reached out to the Turn To Tara team in desperation a few days ago looking for help to afford the burial costs of his loved ones.
Mercado lost both of his parents to coronavirus, along with his sister and uncle in a matter of weeks, and he's had a hard time paying for all the funerals.
Mercado was laid off from his job last month and nine other relatives are also battling the virus.
Since News 12's story aired Wednesday night, donations have poured in for this family.
More than $5,000 was raised on their GoFundMe page in 12 hours.
Jose emailed News 12 Thursday afternoon expressing profound appreciation for all of the support from News 12 viewers.
It’s a story painfully familiar in a state where the average cost of a funeral is around $9,200. The Turn to Tara team found that there is burial assistance available for families in need.