September 26, 2021 7:03 p.m.

Posted on September 26, 2021 7:03 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – A Spokane family has been trying to raise funds to pay for the funeral of their veteran father, who died of COVID-19, for weeks.

Rachel Foye and her family and friends have been standing in the Staples parking lot in St. Division with signs trying to raise some money since early September.

Foye’s father, a Vietnam veteran, died of COVID in early September. She said her father was vaccinated but still had complications with COVID. Since then, the family has been trying to raise money for funeral expenses.

Foye said it costs more than $ 8,000 for funeral services alone. Since raising funds, they have raised approximately $ 5,000 in addition to a donation from Veteran Affairs.

She says it is financially difficult, especially since she also has eight children who live at home.

“It’s hard. It’s really hard because you want to be home to grieve with your kids and go through those emotions,” said Foye. “It’s a lot of money when you don’t have money.”

Sunday was the last day for the fundraiser as they have to pay the funeral home on Monday.

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