By Prasit Tungprasert
As of Tuesday morning, a bank account set up to assist Boonliang Thongsooknok, 81, held more than Bt1.3 million, according to a document seen by The Nation.
Donations were still coming in, but Boonliang said she had more than enough already and would like the existing amount shared with other people in need.
Boonliang’s plight has been widely publicised on Facebook, prompting representatives of government agencies to visit the family and offer assistance.
The woman, shaking with palsy brought on by Parkinson’s, lives with her husband and son in a two-storey wooden house that’s on the brink of collapsing.
Her husband, Thongmee Thongsooknok, 78, is bedridden and going blind in one eye. Their son, 51, is largely unable to care for himself.
Tuesday morning brought a crowd of visitors bringing new clothes and a wheelchair. Several people took Boonliang and her son to a temple to make merit.
A committee formed to manage the donations voted on Tuesday to hire a contractor to build the family a new house, estimating it would take 45 days to complete.
Boonliang said she would prefer the house to be kept simple so that any money left over from the donations could be given to other people in need.
The committee agreed to stop receiving donations on her behalf.