An impromptu fundraiser was held Saturday for 23-year-old Yessenia Garces to help pay for burying her two children, mother and nephew, who were killed Thursday in a Haltom City house fire.
Smoked brisket was served for $5 per plate at Club Chrome, 2408 E. Belknap in Fort Worth, where Garces used to work.
Katherine Garza, 26, who organized the fundraiser along with her brother and a few friends, said the event garnered $1,500, with many people donating more than the cost of the food.
“A lot of people we didn’t even know showed up and donated,” she said.
Garza said she met Garces at the club last summer and the two became friends.
She said Garces attended Saturday’s event and considering what has happened, was holding up well.
“From what we saw today, she is doing an awesome job,” she said. “She is very strong.”
Noe De La Rosa, a club manager, said the money raised is a start but the family will need a lot more.
“It’s hard to have a funeral for four people. It’s hard enough to pay for one,” he said. “We’re just trying to help her out as much as we can and show her she is not alone.”
Another fundraiser at Club Chrome is planned for Jan. 19.
De La Rosa said the public is welcome to the event, which begins at 1 p.m. with hamburger and hot dog plates for a $5 donation.