Penticton community rallies around young boy after mother dies suddenly – Penticton News
A GoFundMe has been started for a young boy and his grandmother in Oliver after the sudden loss of his mother, who died unexpectedly this month.
The campaign was created for Zoe Hu, who was an assistant manager at Starbucks in Penticton on Riverside Drive.
She leaves behind her 10-year-old son and her mother, who had just moved from Beijing to Canada.
District manager Robin Lukash started the fundraiser in hopes of helping the family, in partnership with the Starbucks team and the rest of Hu’s friends and family.
“We’re trying to do what we can, thanks to Starbucks we’ve been able to help out a bit, but I just can’t imagine what it would be like, as her mother, to lose your adult daughter, who sponsored you and brought you here to another country and then being responsible for this beautiful 10-year-old boy,” she said.
“His mother doesn’t speak English, she doesn’t drive. Now they are a bit alone here.
The goal was to take the initial worries of paying for food, housing, and funeral expenses away from the minds of the family as they grieve.
“So initially our goal was $3,000, and then listening to people in the community and acknowledging how difficult this was going to be, I had people in the community contact me and ask me to raise the target to $30 or even $50,000,” Lukash. said.
So far, the GoFundMe is nearly $4,000 away from its $30,000 goal.
“If there is anything we can do, to help, we try to do it and provide the best possible experience for the family and help them through this ordeal.”
Both Penticton Starbucks locations closed when they heard the news, giving their team some time to grieve and provide much-needed counselors.
“It was so sudden, it was for a lot of people, it’s the first time they’ve experienced a sudden death. And for it to be someone they’ve worked with, even just the days before, it is very shocking,” Lukash said.
“We are still operating solely behind the wheel here in Penticton, as we work through grief and give partners time to heal and process it. »
While Lukash has only met Hu once, her team tells her how special she was, how hard she worked, and the joy she brought to everyone.
“I know the Okanagan is so generous and amazing, especially in times of crisis, we stick together. So anything people can do to help would be so appreciated.
To donate to GoFundMe, click here.