Just over a 12 months in the past, 18-year-old Dominique Orta died in a horrible car accident. Now, her mother is doing all the pieces she will to hold 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 manner to honor Dominique, who Orta informed Fox News, was “a very giving person.”

“She was full of life and living life to the fullest, so she wouldn’t want us sad and crying all the time,” Orta stated. “We do do that [cry] a lot, but she wouldn’t want us like that. So, we try to keep her memory alive and help everybody that we can.”

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Dominique died on Nov. 15, 2020. She was the fourth of 5 sisters and graduated highschool in the spring of 2020. She was getting ready to go to nursing faculty in January 2021.

“She was just the life of the party, always dancing,” Orta stated, including: “She was just free-spirited…living life to the fullest.”

On Nov. 15, 2020, 18-year-old Dominique Orta (pictured) died in a horrible car accident. (Courtesy of Annette Orta)

On Nov. 15, 2020, 18-year-old Dominique Orta (pictured) died in a horrible car accident. (Courtesy of Annette Orta)

“All her friends say she was the light in a dark room,” Orta continued. “She was there for them when they needed her the most.”

While she was in highschool, Dominique was an excellent scholar, Orta stated. She often donated blood and even organized her faculty’s blood drives.

Before she died, Dominique was about to begin work as a seasonal worker at UPS for the vacations, the place she may get monetary savings earlier than nursing faculty in January.

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Last November, Dominique was using in a car when an alleged drunk driver hit the car she was in. Dominique was ejected from the car, which flipped and landed on her, breaking virtually all her bones from the waist down, Orta stated. 

She was introduced to the hospital, the place Orta and her household had been in a position to see Dominique briefly earlier than she died, Orta stated. 

To honor Dominique’s life and memory, the Orta family has donated 30 meals to families in need for Thanksgiving. (Courtesy of Annette Orta)

To honor Dominique’s life and reminiscence, the Orta household has donated 30 meals to households in want for Thanksgiving. (Courtesy of Annette Orta)

Though Dominique was an organ donor, she was solely in a position to donate her corneas after she died, due to the character of her accidents, Orta stated.

Orta stated she and her household had been in “shock and disbelief” after Dominique died.

“She affected a lot of people’s lives,” Orta stated.

“[Dominique’s death] really shook our community,” Annette added.

 

Orta stated stated that over the past 12 months, 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.

The Orta family (pictured) will run a toy drive around Christmastime, also in honor of Dominique. (Courtesy of Annette Orta)

The Orta household (pictured) will run a toy drive round Christmastime, additionally in honor of Dominique. (Courtesy of Annette Orta)

 

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 help from the group. Annette stated the household may also do a toy drive at Christmastime, additionally in Dominique’s title.

“We’re just happy and blessed that we’re able to do this to help other people and since she was such a giving person, we’re doing it in her memory, in her honor,” Orta stated.

“It’s a tradition that we are planning to start every year going forth, to keep her memory alive,” she added. “I don’t want anybody to forget who she was.”