Donors have given thousands of dollars to help an elderly Calverton couple stay in their mobile home after a serious car accident in March.
Since Sunday, more than $6,500 has poured into an online fundraiser for Rose and Sal Allocco, both 82, who were facing eviction from their home of 42 years at the Lakewood mobile home park.
Others have stepped forward, offering to pay the couple’s April and May rent in full.StoryMobile home residents fight couple’s eviction
Sal Mangano, owner of Mangano Funeral Homes Inc., wrote a check this week for $1,850 to cover the couple’s fees for April, May and June.
“It would have been a shame if they would have come home from the nursing home and the hospital and didn’t have a home to go to,” said Mangano, whose company operates funeral homes in Riverhead, Middle Island and Deer Park.
Rose Allocco has been hospitalized since a March 30 car accident on Route 58 in Riverhead and recently woke from a coma at Stony Brook University Hospital.
Sal Allocco, who has dementia and is unable to care for himself, has been at a Middle Island nursing home.
Neighbors at Lakewood rallied to help the Alloccos after representatives of Kingsley Management Corp. — the Provo, Utah-based company that owns the park — said the couple could face eviction for nonpayment of lot fees.
The Alloccos, like many mobile home residents, own their home but pay a monthly fee to keep it on land owned by a management company. Diana Ruvolo, a neighbor who is trying to help the couple, said their fee is $617.43 for April and $639.04 for May.
Neighbors said the couple has no children, and relatives could not be reached to assume legal guardianship of the couple.
Christine Milken, an Apple Honda employee who witnessed the car accident and set up the online fundraiser on gofundme.com, said excess money could be used to help pay the Alloccos’ medical bills or to help Ruvolo get legal guardianship.
Milken said she originally just hoped to raise $1,300 for the couple’s rent for April and May.
“No words. We’re just so blown away,” said Milken, a receptionist at the car dealership. “Every time I check it’s more and it’s more. I’m so grateful for everyone.”