Donations Hit $10K for Orphaned Kids

Darcy Rodriguez with her daughter, Katalina, a number of years ago. Facebook

The community is continuing to rally around two children orphaned when their mother died of cancer late last month.

Over $10,000 has been raised so far for the care of Colin Rodriguez, 13, and Katalina Rodriguez, 11, both of whom are students at the Springs School. Their mother, Darcy Rodriguez, died on Oct. 30 at the age of 48. They are being fostered by Carla Gagliotti, a longtime friend of Ms. Rodriguez's, in East Hampton. 

Allison Lupo, who knew Ms. Rodriguez, started a GoFundMe.com account just a few days after learning of her death because she wanted to do something to help. About $3,500 was raised one week after Ms. Rodriguez died, and by Tuesday it had grown to $8,990. Ms. Lupo said she has received cash donations at her family's business, Astro Pizza, and has also received checks in the mailing, bringing the total to over $10,000.

"Darcy knew a lot of people, and our community is very giving during tragic times," Ms. Lupo said.

Ms. Rodriguez worked at many deli counters around East Hampton, including Goldberg’s Bagels and Bucket’s Deli. Many remember her raspy voice and how she greeted customers with “Hi, hon.”

Asked if the money was being putting aside for anything specific, Ms. Lupo said it would be used for the children's general care. "In every way, to raise two kids, it takes a lot of money," she said. 

Lucas Rodriguez, Ms. Rodriguez’s cousin, has also set up an account for them. Checks can be sent to him at 55 Glade Road, East Hampton 11937.