Ottumwa store owner raises money for former employee’s funeral costs

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 9:09 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Jen Christopher, owner of the store Fraction located on 613 Richmond Avenue in Ottumwa, is directing her store’s funds to a family in need.

“The circumstances I can’t change but a financial burden comes with what they’re facing as well. So I thought I could jump in and take some of that financial burden off of them,” she says.

17 year-year-old Dalton Mondia was a student that attended Fairfield High School. He was active in both football and wrestling and even worked part-time at Fraction.

Christopher who is his former boss and family friend says unfortunately on Thursday, October 7 Dalton unexpectedly took his own life. Now she’s doing her part to help bring the family comfort during this tragic time.

“Today any money this store generated is going to the family,” she shares. Additionally, she’s started a go fund me, and posted her Venmo and PayPal as well. The goal is set to $15,000 and so far Christopher says they’ve reached roughly $4,000.

She advises any and everyone who notices something wrong to speak up before it’s too late.

“A lot of time when people are struggling they don’t open up about that stuff. They’re not going to say hey I’m feeling this way or that way, but it’s crucial that if you notice something take the time because there might not be time tomorrow,” says Christopher.

She says if you couldn’t make it to the store location on Friday it is not too late to stop by and donate money for the family.

If you are interested in donating money online visit the link to the GoFundMe here.

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