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‘She gave everything for us’ | Family members donate blood to honor mother lost to COVID-19

Remembering their mother as a selfless woman, they knew she would want them to help others.

MANDEVILLE, La. — A family donated blood together Saturday in Mandeville in honor of their mother who passed of COVID-19. Eloisa Pastrana of Slidell was a wife and mother of six. She died July 23 after a month long battle with COVID-19. 

“This is a dangerous illness that needs to be taken seriously,” said Jose Pastrana, Pastrana’s son. 

She’s described as loving, kind and selfless. That’s why nine of her family members came together for this selfless act. 

“She gave everything for us, there was nothing she wouldn’t do,” said Peggy Hale, Pastrana’s daughter. “it was amazing actually we felt a sort of togetherness and happy to do it in honor of our mother.”

Her family says she was given convalescent plasma treatment.

“It didn’t work for her, unfortunately, but the nurses told us

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Family, friends cling to faith as search continues for missing St. Petersburg mother and daughter

The Saint Petersburg Police Department is asking for the community’s help to find a missing mother and her college-age daughter. Family of the pair have not heard from the women for days, and they’re concerned.

On Sunday, family and friends searched for hours across Pinellas County looking for clues as to where the women might be. 

It’s now been four days since anyone has seen or heard from this mother and daughter pair from St. Petersburg. With each day that passes the worry only grows. 

“If Alexis or her mom would go anywhere, they would take their phones with them. If they were to go on trips or anything there would always be posts on Alexis‘s Instagram. She was always excited about traveling so for them to just disappear is not like them at all,” said Desiree Cook, Alexis’s

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