Kennewick Thrift Store Owner Buys First Headstone for Family

KENNEWICK, Wash. - NBC Right Now continues to follow a Kennewick thrift store owner who helps raise money for families unable to buy headstones for their loved ones.

Shop & Drop dedicated its first grave marker to honor a Tri-Cities man buried at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Kennewick. The Montelongo family gathered at the memorial park eight years ago to lay Abe Montelongo to rest. Now they are back, but this time with tears of joy because of one woman's mission, to honor those buried in unmarked graves with a headstone.

"To have something to remember them by, someone to visit every day and to know where they are, it's a blessing," said Angel Montelongo.

Dianne Trenidad, owner of Shop & Drop, uses part of its profits to help families buy headstones for their loved ones. It was a walk through a cemetery that she says inspired her on this unique mission.

"Looking at a flower, just a fake flower, I used to say this voice talked to me and I didn't know quite how to describe it. Then somebody told me what it was, and it went bing. It was a thought that went through me to do that," Dianne said.

Trenidad says once she has enough money for another headstone, she says she will hold a drawing to pick a name.

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