UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — A GoFundMe started in December has raised nearly $40,000 for a father of five who was shot on the Upper West Side while delivering food for New Yorkers in need.
Pedro Aguilar was delivering food for the West Side Campaign Against Hunger on Dec. 11, when he found himself in the crossfire of shots coming from a building at 216 West 64th Street. The organization driven to feed vulnerable New Yorkers has been a leading force in the battle to get food to all city residents during the pandemic.
Aguilar was struck in the back by a bullet that led to major surgery, which will require months of physical therapy.
On Dec. 22, a GoFundMe was started for Aguilar and his family to help pay for the medical bills and income loss for both Pedro and his wife.
Now a month later, the campaign has raised $38,561 through the donations of 496 people on its way to its $70,000 goal.
Aguilar’s wife also lost her job because she has to take care of Pedro along with the parent’s younger children, according to the GoFundMe.
“Pedro was simply doing his job and doing good, meaningful work, helping New Yorkers in need have healthy food for holiday meals, when he became a victim of gun violence,” the author of the GoFundMe wrote. “Pedro and his family’s lives have been uprooted due to this senseless act of violence.”
The WestSideRag was the first to report on the GoFundMe for Aguilar.