Friends for the Mutala Family
Since my story about the trials of Kiladi Mutala ran in yesterday’s paper, I’ve been deluged with calls from people wanting to help the Mutalas. For those who haven’t followed the story, Mutala’s wife, Lenda, died suddenly on Dec. 23, leaving her husband and four kids bereft in more ways than one. She was the family breadwinner — Kiladi Mutala was pursuing a doctorate in philosophy while she worked. Now the father is working two jobs/60 hours a week to put food on the tabel and pay the bills, but still can’t make ends meet.
I’m telling people that if they want to help they can make checks payable to “Friends for the Mutala Family.” The fund was set up by Stephanie Ferrante-Hirsch, a realtor at Keller Williams Realty in New City. She and other friends held a fundraiser for the Mutalas in June and raised $2,500 for them. Checks can me mailed to her attention at Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty, 18 Laurel Road, New City, NY 10956.