Phoenix family fighting for donations given to them

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Thousands of dollars in donations poured in for the family of a Phoenix woman run over and killed by her own SUV last month.

The woman's co-workers set up a donation account for her four children, but the family hasn't seen a dime.

What happened on Campbell Avenue near 50th Avenue in Phoenix last October was a freak accident.

A 33-year-old mother of four, Mendy Brooks, was pinned under her own SUV and killed.

“I want to believe she’s going to come home in her car and give us big hugs,” her son said.

Last month Anthony, 11, pleaded for the community's help.

“My dad won’t be able to afford a lot of things. We’re going to need some help,” Anthony said.

Two of Brooks’ co-workers at John C. Lincoln Hospital offered to set up an account for donations.

“Somewhere down the line they decided to do what they wanted to with it,” said Brooks’ brother, Robert Perkins.

Perkins said the bank account is closed and the money has yet to be seen.

“It's incredibly hard," Perkins said. "I can’t believe it's been so complicated to be able to do something that was set up for the family.”

Brooks’ colleagues at the hospital sent 3TV a statement. The women say the $5,700 is there for the family, but they aren't giving it Brooks’ husband.

The women said they want to make sure the money isn't misused and have offered several times to pay for funeral services or set up bond accounts for the kids or take them shopping for school supplies.

Perkins said that wasn't the agreement upfront.

“We were told the donation account was set for the family, not that someone would be doing what they want with the money,” Perkins said.

The co-workers also say they've offered several times to pay the bills for the family.

“The family doesn't want all their bills out and all their information out to other people,” Perkins said.

The two women also said in their statement they've been given the mortgage information by the family today.

The women said they are currently awaiting a call back from the mortgage company so that the funds can be allocated to the family.