Fundraiser Held To Help Family With Funeral Costs, Medical Bills

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The family of the three children killed in an accident on Tuesday held a car wash to not only help pay for funeral arrangements but also for medical bills.

"It makes me feel good that when you know when you're in a time of need, that you know the community comes together, " Belinda Montes, aunt of the children killed in the accident, said.

That's exactly what residents of Odessa did. To show their support to the Belis Family, with only a few days to plan the car wash, they had family and friends, up and ready to wash cars at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. She says the community has been so great to them, they have received more than just monetary donations.

"Companies that have donated power washers, they brought food and water," Montes said.

Even with two power washers they could not keep up with the long lines, people just kept showing up, family members were surprised and so thankful for the good turnout.

"You know that just shows how much the community is there for you," Montes said.

For those waiting in line for up to 30 minutes and enduring the hot temperatures, it was a way of showing their personal support to the Belis Family.

Brittany Cobos waited in line, but that was no bother for her, waiting was just a way of showing the family some support.

"I feel like waiting is kinda a way of being there for the family," Cobos said.

Marisela Valenzuela says she normally takes her car somewhere else to get washed but she also wanted to show her support.

"There's a lot of vehicles out here and I am really surprised. I think it's really good for the family, they really need us to help them out," Valenzuela said.

The Belis Family has two accounts set up for anyone wanting to make a donation, you can make a donation at First Basin Credit Union by using account number 71114 or at Chase Bank by using account 450570149.