Gina Cook

Community Activist Creates Fundraiser for Homeless Baby Girl Who Died

A community activist is trying to raise money to pay for a funeral for a homeless infant girl who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome last month.

The 4-week-old baby, named Ida, died on Aug. 4 at a hotel on New York Avenue, where the city houses homeless families. The child still hasn't been buried because her family cannot afford to give her a proper burial. 

Earline Budd, an activist who has raised awareness for transgender and minority causes in the past, set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Ida's family pay for a funeral and private burial.

Budd said it's been difficult to raise money for the cause.

"With everything going on with the hurricanes, Irma and Harvey, it kind of blocked out the ability for people, I guess to even see this precious little life that meant so much," Budd said.

Anyone interested in donating can visit the GoFundMe page.

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