Yucca Valley, Ca.,- We lost a true advocate for the homeless in our community on April 13, 2014. River Don, whose real name is Don Frohriep, lost his battle with cancer. Never saving a penny for himself, he donated his time, energy and income to provide a shelter for the homeless…and their pets. Running a tight ship with strict rules of no alcohol or drugs, River Don felt it was important that each individual was treated with dignity, kindness, respect and lot’s of hugs. Oh yes, that also meant restoring one’s self esteem by working to generate a small personal income through recycling.
It came as a surprise to me I was contacted to contribute towards the expenses for his cremation because the tab was pegged at $1,700 dollars. This did not include his headstone, flowers or any other frills. River Don served our country and would be laid to rest in Riverside with full military honors. That is, after $1,700 was raised to release his body! Additional pressure was placed on his family by the Funeral Home because they would start charging storage fees this Tuesday at an additional $100 per day!
I was informed his daughter flew in from out of state and wanted to see her father being held in cold storage before his body was cremated. Guess what…they charged her $125 for that request!
Something just ain’t right about all of this! Please understand, I don’t intend to cause any negative vibes when we should celebrate River Don’s life and his contributions to our community to help the homeless…it just don’t seem right.
Thank you River Don, may you rest in Peace.