Clippers fans reach out to community to sponsor Christmas gifts for family who lost mother to COVID-19

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Over the past two years, everyone around the world has seen their life affected by COVID-19 – whether big or small, everyone’s life has changed. For two children in particular, however, they suffered the ultimate loss.

Christopher (18) and Liam (5) Valentine saw their world shattered when their mother, Brandi, died of complications from COVID-19 on November 11. There were times when she seemed to get better, but eventually she suffered a sudden death. reverse. The news reached Clippers season ticket holder Ricky Chu and he wanted to make sure his sons and fiancé Kevin were taken care of this Christmas.

“She’s a friend of one of our employees at Chu’s Packaging Supplies, Nate Villado,” Chu said. “Brandi had contracted COVID a few months ago and was hospitalized. I asked how we could help him and he sent me a link to his GoFundMe to help with medical expenses. changed to help cover his funeral expenses.”

Chu checked in with Nate every week, hoping Brandi would get better. It almost looked like she was coming home with her sons at some point, but things got worse.

“Every time she felt like she was getting better, she had a setback,” Chu said. During a conversation, he told me that she was fine and that she should be home soon. Shortly after, I asked Nate about Brandi and he told me she was dead but he didn’t know how to tell me about it.”

Ricky Chu didn’t know Brandi personally, but he couldn’t sit idly by while his family suffered. There is nothing a person can do to replace the loss of the mother of a young child. Even if there is no replacement, that does not mean that nothing can be done. Ricky Chu and his sister decided to sponsor Brandi’s children and fiancé’s Christmas vacation.

“During the holidays, my sister, Jean, and I always sponsor a family or two,” Chu said. “I talked to her and we agreed that we needed to do something for her boys (Christopher and Liam) and her fiancé (Matthew). Nate put me in touch with her sister, Nattacha, who was best friends from Brandy.”

The plan was to get every item on Brandi and her fiancé’s children’s Christmas list, and that’s exactly what the Chu family did. One of those freebies includes tickets to Disneyland, because when Brandi was in the hospital, her family always talked about going there as a family when she got home. To realize this plan, Ricky reached out to Clippers and Lakers fans.

“We have reached out to our Clipper Nation friends because they have been so wonderful and generous in times like this,” Chu said. “The response was overwhelming. Even some Lakers fans participated, so you know it was more important than basketball. I was in a business meeting and by the time I walked out, we had so many people who contributed to the point where I had to ask people People keep reaching out to donate but I just tell them to keep the family in their prayers during the holidays Sending positive vibes does wonders.

“I’ve spent the last three days shopping for the boys and we plan to deliver all of their presents on Christmas Eve,” Chu said. “We know that gifts won’t take away the heartbreak of losing their mother, but hopefully it helps take their minds off the holiday. Plus, it lets them know there’s so much of love and generous people in the world.”

By the time this article is published, Brandi’s family will have received their gifts. It’s going to be a tough Christmas for them, but with the help of the community, it’s going to be a little easier.

“I’ve spent the last three days shopping for the boys and we plan to deliver all of their presents on Christmas Eve,” Chu said. “We know that gifts won’t take away the heartbreak of losing their mother, but hopefully it helps take their minds off the holiday. Plus, it lets them know there’s so much of love and generous people in the world.”

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Rest in peace, Brandi Valentine.

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