Simply over a yr in the past, 18-year-old Dominique Orta died in a horrible automotive accident. Now, her mother is doing the whole lot she will to maintain Dominique’s legacy alive.
This week, Annette Orta and her household, from San Antonio, Texas, have been donating Thanksgiving meals to 30 households in want as a technique to honor Dominique, who Orta advised Fox Information, was “a really giving particular person.”
“She was energetic and dwelling life to the fullest, so she wouldn’t need us unhappy and crying on a regular basis,” Orta mentioned. “We do do this [cry] rather a lot, however she wouldn’t need us like that. So, we attempt to preserve her reminiscence alive and assist everyone that we will.”
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Dominique died on Nov. 15, 2020. She was the fourth of 5 sisters and graduated highschool within the spring of 2020. She was making ready to go to nursing faculty in January 2021.
“She was simply the lifetime of the get together, at all times dancing,” Orta mentioned, including: “She was simply free-spirited…dwelling life to the fullest.”
“All her buddies say she was the sunshine in a darkish room,” Orta continued. “She was there for them once they wanted her essentially the most.”
Whereas she was in highschool, Dominique was pupil, Orta mentioned. She regularly donated blood and even organized her faculty’s blood drives.
Earlier than she died, Dominique was about to begin work as a seasonal worker at UPS for the vacations, the place she might lower your expenses earlier than nursing faculty in January.
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Final November, Dominique was using in a automotive when an alleged drunk driver hit the automotive she was in. Dominique was ejected from the automotive, which flipped and landed on her, breaking virtually all her bones from the waist down, Orta mentioned.
She was delivered to the hospital, the place Orta and her household have been capable of see Dominique briefly earlier than she died, Orta mentioned.
Although Dominique was an organ donor, she was solely capable of donate her corneas after she died, due to the character of her accidents, Orta mentioned.
Orta mentioned she and her household have been in “shock and disbelief” after Dominique died.
“She affected lots of people’s lives,” Orta mentioned.
“[Dominique’s death] actually shook our neighborhood,” Annette added.
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Orta mentioned mentioned that over the past yr, she and her household have continued to mourn the lack of Dominique. Orta and her husband have visited the cemetery the place Dominique is buried on daily basis and on the one-year anniversary of her demise final week, that they had a celebration of life.
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The Orta household additionally determined to donate meals to households in want for Thanksgiving, a program they’re naming “Kiki’s Thanksgiving Blessing” after considered one of Dominique’s nicknames, Kiki.
At first, the Ortas determined to donate 10 meals, however that has grown to 30 with donations and assist from the neighborhood. Annette mentioned the household can even do a toy drive at Christmastime, additionally in Dominique’s title.
“We’re simply completely satisfied and blessed that we’re in a position to do that to assist different folks and since she was such a giving particular person, we’re doing it in her reminiscence, in her honor,” Orta mentioned.
“It’s a practice that we’re planning to begin yearly going forth, to maintain her reminiscence alive,” she added. “I don’t need anyone to neglect who she was.”