Yard sale raises funds for Provo River drowning victims

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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Community members of two of the Provo River drowning victims hosted a yard sale Saturday morning to raise money for the De Dios family. 4-year-old London De Dios and her mother, Brenda De Dios, swept away in the Provo River last Monday after they fell in. 

Luis Miguel De Dios, Brenda’s youngest brother, said the family is receiving an overwhelming amount of love and support from Brenda’s friends and acquaintances. One of those friends hosted a yard sale to raise money for the family. The community came together to donate items to the yard sale. 

“We’re still getting phone calls and comments of people wanting saying, ‘Come get my things,’ but we don’t have anymore time,” Luis said. “It’s just overwhelming to see how much love she had. Words can’t explain how grateful we are  for all of the love we’re receiving.” 

Miguel said Brenda was great at bringing the family together. 

“They’ll always be in our hearts…” Luis said. “It’s hard for me to talk about.” 

Miguel said both Brenda and London will be missed. 

The family set up a GoFundMe account, which has received about $30,000. 

The victims fell into the river on Monday afternoon. One good Samaritan, Sean Thayne, jumped in after them to help out. All three passed away. 

Another GoFundMe account was set up for members of Sean Thayne’s family. 

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